Georgia Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger speaks to the press following the newly leaked audio of a call in which Pres. Trump demanded that he ‘find 11,780 votes’ in the state to overturn the state’s election results.
In the roughly hour-long phone call with Raffensperger and his general counsel, Trump said point blank, ‘So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state… So what are we going to do here, folks? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break.’
Trump also questioned the inner workings of the voting machines, at one point asking ‘But have they moved the inner parts of the machines and replaced them with other parts?’ to which Raffensperger’s counsel responded ‘No… I’m sure, Mr. President.’ The president went onto call Raffensperger a ‘child,’ the state’s election officials ‘incompetent,’ and threatened potential criminal liability for Raffensperger if he does not ‘find’ the votes—which some legal professionals have viewed as potential extortion.
Raffensperger told ABC News this morning that he ‘never believed it was appropriate to speak to the president’ himself regarding the state’s elections, and suggested that ‘there may be a conflict of interest’ regarding the phone call that the Fulton County District Attorney wants to investigate.