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It is recorded that President Donald Trump is telling the Georgian Secretary of State to “find” enough votes to cancel the election result.
The president told Republican Secretary of State Brad Rafensperger in a recording published by Washington Post: “I just want to find 11,780 votes.”
Brad Rafensperger is heard answering that the results from Georgia are correct.
Joe Biden won Georgia along with other swing states, winning 306 votes at Electoral College against 232 from Donald Trump.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris called President Trump’s comments a “bold abuse of power.”
Two key run-offs are due in Georgia on January 5th, which will decide which party controls the Senate.
Since the November 3 vote, President Trump has made unsubstantiated allegations of widespread elections.
All 50 countries have certified the results of the elections, some after counting and legal appeals.
Congress is due to formally approve the January 6 election result, and Democrat Joe Biden is due to open for president on Jan. 20.
In excerpts from January 2, a phone call released by Washington Post, President Trump can be heard alternating and pressuring the Secretary of State of Georgia.
He insisted he had won the election in Georgia, and told Brad Rafensperger that “there is nothing wrong with you recalculating.”
Brad Rafensperger replied, saying: “The challenge you have, Mr President, is that the data you have is wrong.”
Later in the appeal, President Trump said the rumor was that the ballots had been cut and the voting machines had been removed from Fulton County in the state, allegations denied by Brad Rafensperger’s lawyer.
The president then threatened the official with possible legal consequences.
He said: “You know what they did and you don’t report it. This is a criminal offense. You can’t let that happen. This is a big risk for you and your lawyer, Ryan. “
Joe Biden’s presidential election victory confirmed by Electoral College
The president then asked for an additional 11,780 votes – which would give him a total of 2,473,634 votes in the state, one more than Joe Biden, who received 2,473,633 votes.
President Trump told Brad Rafensperger that he needed to review the outcome in the state.
He said: “You can review it, but review it with people who want to find answers, not with people who don’t want to find answers.”
Brad Rafensperger replied: “Mr President, you have people who submit information, and we have our own people who submit information and then it goes to court and the court has to make a decision.
“We have to stand by our numbers, we believe our numbers are correct.”
President Trump also warned Brad Rafensperger that refusing to recalculate the election result would deter Republicans from running in the Jan. 5 Senate election.
If the two Democratic contenders win, then there will be an equal number of Republican and Democratic senators, and Kamala Harris, as newly elected vice president, will have a casting vote.
Joe Biden’s Democrats already control the lower house.
Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden are scheduled to visit Georgia on January 4 to campaign ahead of the election.
On January 3, President Trump wrote on Twitter that Brad Rafensperger had not provided details of the fraud the president claimed: “He has no idea!”
Brad Rafensperger tweeted in response: “Sincerely, President Trump: What you are saying is not true. The truth will come out. ”
The White House has not commented on the release of the audio.