An audio recording of a phone call between Donald Trump and GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was released.
Audio Recording of Trump Phone Call
Audio of Trump/Raffensperger phone call:
Trump Called Raffensperger To Pressure Him To Steal The Election. “President Trump urged fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat in an extraordinary one-hour phone call Saturday that election experts said raised legal questions. The Washington Post obtained a recording of the conversation in which Trump alternately berated Raffensperger, tried to flatter him, begged him to act and threatened him with vague criminal consequences if the secretary of state refused to pursue his false claims, at one point warning that Raffensperger was taking “a big risk.”” [Washington Post]
Trump Lied And Claimed That He Won The Election. ““We have won this election in Georgia,” Trump falsely claimed during the call. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, Brad. You know, I mean, having the correct ― the people of Georgia are angry. … And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, that you’ve recalculated.”” [HuffPost]
Trump Lost The Election. Donald Trump lost the presidential election against Democrat Joe Biden in November of 2020.
Georgia Certified Biden’s Win. Georgia has repeatedly certified Biden’s win in the state.
Raffensberger Said Audits Showed No Voter Fraud In Georgia. “Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, said on Tuesday that an audit of voting machines used in several counties during the 2020 presidential election did not show evidence of hacking or tampering. Pro V&V, the testing laboratory hired to do the auditing, “found no evidence of the machines being tampered,” Raffensperger said in a press release.” [American Independent]
Trump Voter Fraud Claims On Call Were False And Misleading. “President Trump, in an hourlong telephone call with Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, repeated a number of false and misleading claims about election results in the state that have been circulating on social media.” [NY Times]
Trump Called Raffensperger Nearly 20 Times. “President Donald Trump called the Georgia Secretary of State nearly 20 times before his now-infamous call during which he threatened Brad Raffensperger, demanded he “find” votes to overturn the election, and likely committed an illegal act.” [Raw Story]
Trump’s Call May Have Broken The Law. “The conversation between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger led lawyers to conclude that by pressuring Raffensperger to “find” the votes he would need to reverse the election outcome in the state, Trump either broke the law or came close to it. “It seems to me like what he did clearly violates Georgia statutes,” said Leigh Ann Webster, an Atlanta criminal defense lawyer, citing a state law making it illegal for anyone who “solicits, requests, commands, importunes or otherwise attempts to cause the other person to engage” in election fraud.” [The Crime Report]
Reaction To Trump – Raffensperger Phone Call
AOC: Call Is An Impeachable Offense. “”I absolutely think it’s an impeachable offense and if it was up to me, there would be articles on the floor, quite quickly,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Sunday as the new session of Congress began. “He is attacking our very election.”” [Fox News]
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: “Attack” On Democracy. “This is a dangerous attack on our elections and our country. We must treat it as such. To protect our democracy, there must be justice. Donald Trump must be held fully accountable—now and after he leaves office.” [Jayapal]