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Leaked hour-long phone call captures Trump pressuring Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to 'find' and 'recalculate' votes to overturn Biden's victory

A recording of the call depicts Trump flattering, threatening and begging with Raffensperger

  • Trump demanded in an hour-long rambling call with Georgia's Republican Secretary of State that he 'find' a way to overturn Joe Biden's win
  • '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,' Trump said on the call
  • A recording of the phone conversation was obtained by The Washington Post
  • Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told  President Donald Trump on the Saturday call that Biden's win in the Peach State is legitimate
  • Biden's senior advisor said: 'We now have irrefutable proof of a president threatening an official of his own party to rescind a state's certified vote count'

Donald Trump, in a rambling, unprecedented hour-long call with Georgia's Secretary of State Saturday night, pressured him to 'find' enough votes to overturn his defeat in the Joe Biden in the southern state.
'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,' Trump said during the leaked call, which was obtained by The Washington Post and released, in part, on Sunday.

The recording of the conversation depicts a desperate president berating Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to do anything to change the outcome of the presidential election in Georgia.

'We now have irrefutable proof of a president pressuring and threatening an official of his own party to get him to rescind a state's lawful, certified vote count and fabricate another in its place. It captures the whole, disgraceful story about Donald Trump's assault on American democracy,' Biden Senior Advisor Bob Bauer said on the call. 

Donald Trump demanded in an hour-long rambling call with Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (pictured) on Saturday that he 'find' enough votes to overturn Joe Biden's win in Georgia
A recording of the call depicts Trump flattering, threatening and begging with Raffensperger

'The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,' Trump said on the call. 'And there's nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you've recalculated.'

'Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong,' Raffensperger responded.

In what the Post described as an incoherent conversation full of ramblings of the president, Trump repeated again and again: 'There's no way I lost Georgia.'

'There's no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes,' Trump lamented. 

'We now have irrefutable proof of a president pressuring and threatening an official of his own party to get him to rescind a state’s lawful, certified vote count and fabricate another in its place. It captures the whole, disgraceful story about Donald Trump’s assault on American democracy,' Biden Senior Advisor Bob Bauer said on the call

The president tweeted shortly after news of the call broke: 'Sorry, but the number of votes in the Swing States that we are talking about is VERY LARGE and totally OUTCOME DETERMINATIVE!'

'Only the Democrats and some RINO'S would dare dispute this - even though they know it is true!' he continued.

'The Swing States did not even come close to following the dictates of their State Legislatures,' he continued in a second tweet. 'These States 'election laws' were made up by local judges & politicians, not by their Legislatures, & are therefore, before even getting to irregularities & fraud, UNCONSTITUTIONAL!'

Throughout the call, the secretary of state rejected Trump's assertions about the election, claiming he was relying on debunked theories – even as the president flattered, begged and threatened with vague consequences.

At one point, Trump said Raffensperger was taking a 'big risk' by not acting to overturn the results.

Raffensperger also asserted in the call that Joe Biden's 12,779-vote victory in Georgia was fair and accurate. 

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told reporters at the Capitol Sunday that Trump's call with Raffensperger 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,' she said. 'But he, I mean he is trying to – he is attacking our very election.'

She said she has not listened to the full hour, but has heard parts of the call between Trump and the Georgia secretary of State.  

Reports of the call comes after Trump tweeted Sunday morning vaguely of the conversation, claiming Raffensperger 'has no clue' about what happened in the election.

'I spoke to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger yesterday about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia. He was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the 'ballots under table' scam, ballot destruction, out of state 'voters', dead voters, and more. He has no clue!' Trump posted.

He also tweeted warning Republicans of potential election fraud in Georgia as two Senate runoffs commence to determine control of the upper chamber.

'Republicans in Georgia must be careful of the political corruption in Fulton County, which is rampant. The Governor, @BrianKempGA, and his puppet Lt. Governor, @GeoffDuncanGA, have done less than nothing. They are a disgrace to the great people of Georgia!' he tweeted in reference to the Republican governor.

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Georgia official appeals to Trump and supporters to accept defeat
Former Speaker Paul Ryan blasts GOP's 'Dirty Dozen' and calls group's efforts to block Congress certifying Biden's win as 'anti-democratic and 'anti-conservative'

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan admonished fellow Republicans Sunday in a rare statement that called planned GOP efforts to challenge President-elect Joe Biden's win 'anti-democratic and anti-conservative.'

Ryan, of Wisconsin, who left Congress in 2019, said in a lengthy statement Sunday that it 'is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans.'

He also urged the lawmakers to reconsider, saying 'the fact that this effort will fail does not mean it will not do significant damage to American democracy.'

The statement from Ryan comes in response to a group of Senate Republicans, led by Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, who say they plan to object to the election results when Congress meets on Wednesday to tally Biden's 306-232 Electoral College victory over Trump. 

A bipartisan group of 10 senators - including four Republicans - also pushed back against the group's planned protests Sunday, authoring a statement urging Congress to certify the election results.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Mitt Romney of Utah all signed on to the statement, which said 'it is time to move forward.'  

'The 2020 election is over. All challenges through recounts and appeals have been exhausted,' the group's letter read in part. 

'At this point, further attempts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 Presidential election are contrary to the clearly expressed will of the American people and only serve to undermine Americans' confidence in the already determined election results.' 

Trump allies Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, both also spoke out Sunday, insisting Cruz and co.'s attempts to stop the certification of the Electoral College 'will go nowhere'.   

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan admonished fellow Republicans Sunday in a rare statement that called planned GOP efforts to challenge President-elect Joe Biden's win 'anti-democratic and anti-conservative'
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks in Bangor, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
Mitt Romney has slammed 12 of his fellow Republican senators following news they plan to object to certifying Joe Biden's win when Electoral College results are tallied in Congress next week

A bipartisan group of 10 senators - including Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah - also pushed back against the group's planned protests Sunday, authoring a statement urging Congress to certify the election results

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana were the two other Republicans to co-author the statement 

Both Cruz and Hawley have been touted as future leaders of the GOP, and may be eyeing a run for the White House in 2024. 

The objections will force votes in both the House and Senate, but none are expected to prevail. 

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has urged Republicans not to object. And several other GOP senators have criticized the efforts, splitting the party as the new Congress begins.  

Ryan was the latest to criticize the motion Sunday. The Republican, who served as House Speaker from 2015 to 2019 and has rarely weighed into events since leaving office, decried Cruz and Hawley's 'anti-democratic' efforts.

'Efforts to reject the votes of the Electoral College and sow doubt about Joe Biden's victory strike at the foundation of our republic,' Ryan wrote. 'It is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans. 

'The fact that this effort will fail does not mean it will not do significant damage to American democracy,' he said.

Ryan also asked fellow conservatives to think about the 'precedent that it would set' and noted the Trump campaign's failed efforts in the court to challenge election results in a number of states.

'The Trump campaign had ample opportunity to challenge election results, and those efforts failed from lack of evidence. The legal process was exhausted, and the results were decisively confirmed,' he added. 

'The Department of Justice, too, found no basis for overturning the result. If states wish to reform their processes for future elections, that is their prerogative. But Joe Biden's victory is entirely legitimate.' 

In a statement issued Saturday, Sen. Romney called the planned objections an 'egregious ploy to reject electors.' Romney said the effort may 'enhance the political ambition of some,' but that it 'dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic.'  

Romney also said he believed the senators' 'ambition had eclipsed principle', adding the decision not to certify the Electoral College results 'has the predictable potential to lead to disruption, and worse.'   

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski - who are both moderates - have sent out similar messages voicing their disapproval. 

'I acknowledge that this past election, like all elections, had irregularities. But the evidence is overwhelming that Joe Biden won this election,' Toomey posted on Twitter.

Murkowski, who co-authored Sunday's letter, said in a Saturday statement: ' I will vote to affirm the 2020 presidential election. The courts and state legislatures have all honored their duty to hear legal allegations and have found nothing to warrant overturning the results.'

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, meanwhile, said Sunday that the objections are 'bad for the country and bad for the party.'

The dozen rogue Republican senators who say they'll oppose the vote certification include Ted Cruz of Texas, pictured in October

The dozen rogue Republican senators who say they'll oppose the vote certification include Ted Cruz of Texas, pictured in October

Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, a top Trump ally, spoke out in opposition against the group's last-ditch efforts in a statement of his own on Sunday

Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, a top Trump ally, spoke out in opposition against the group's last-ditch efforts in a statement of his own on Sunday

In a statement released on Saturday night, Romney described the move as an 'egregious ploy that 'dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic'

In a statement released on Saturday night, Romney described the move as an 'egregious ploy that 'dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic'

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey similarly sent out messages voicing his disapproval over plans by 12 Republican senators to vote against certifying the election results

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey similarly sent out messages voicing his disapproval over plans by 12 Republican senators to vote against certifying the election results 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the third Senator to publicly denounce her Republican colleagues

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the third Senator to publicly denounce her Republican colleagues 

Part of a statement released by Sen. Angus King is shown above

Part of a statement released by Sen. Angus King is shown above

As part of their objection, Cruz and 10 other GOP senators are demanding the appointment of an emergency commission to conduct a 10-day audit of the election returns in 'disputed states'.   

Until such a commission is appointed, they declared that they intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from those states - a largely symbolic move that has little chance of preventing Biden from taking office. 

The 11 senators will effectively be joined by Sen. Hawley, who earlier this week became the first sitting member of the Senate to announce he would challenge the election result. 

Cruz was joined in his statement by Senators Ron Johnson, James Lankford, Steve Daines, John Kennedy, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Braun, along with Cynthia Lummis, Tommy Tuberville, Bill Hagerty, and Roger Marshall, all of whom will be sworn in as senators on Sunday in the new Congress. 

Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, a top Trump ally, spoke out in opposition against the group's last-ditch efforts in a statement of his own on Sunday.

'Proposing a commission at this late date – which has zero chance of becoming reality is not effectively fighting for President Trump,' Graham tweeted. 'It appears to be more of a political dodge than an effective remedy.' 

Grahams comments were echoed by former Trump administration staffer and  ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who said the group's efforts to stop the certification of the Electoral College will 'go nowhere.'

'The thing that matters the most is the reason it will go nowhere is because there's been no evidence of widespread fraud,' he said in an interview with ABC's This Week. 

'And that's been determined by Republican and Democratic Governors across the country, it's been determined, most importantly, by the Republican Attorney General of the United Stated States Bill Barr who no one could say has not been a loyal fighter for the president.' 

Christie continued: 'The facts are the facts. If there's evidence show us. There's been no evidence shown, and that's why Joe Biden will be confirmed next week.'

Senator Ron Johnson
Senator James Lankford
Senator Steve Daines

Senators (left to right) Ron Johnson, James Lankford, Steve Daines signed on with Cruz

Senator John Kennedy
Senator Marsha Blackburn
Senator Mike Braun

Senators John Kennedy, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Braun also joined Cruz's faction

Cynthia Lummis
Tommy Tuberville
Bill Hagerty
Roger Marshall

Also joining Cruz were incoming Senators (left to right) Cynthia Lummis, Tommy Tuberville, Bill Hagerty, and Roger Marshall, all of whom will be sworn in as senators on Sunday

Fraud did not spoil the 2020 presidential election, a fact confirmed by election officials across the country.    

Regardless, Sen. Ron Johnson has insisted that the extraordinary effort by congressional Republicans to challenge Biden´s presidential victory is not intended to thwart the democratic process but 'to protect it.'

In an interview with NBC's Meet the Press, the Wisconsin senator pointed to an 'unsustainable state of affairs' where he claimed that many people in the country don't accept the election as legitimate. 

He contended that more transparency is needed to 'restore confidence' in results that states and the Electoral College have certified.

Johnson didn't offer any new evidence of voting problems. 

He did however acknowledge that Trump´s former attorney general, William Barr, found no evidence of widespread election fraud.

 Multiple lawsuits filed by Trump´s legal team have been repeatedly dismissed, by the Supreme Court and by Trump-appointed judges who have ruled the suits lacked evidence.

When Johnson insisted that 'tens of millions of people' believe the presidential election was 'stolen,' NBC's Chuck Todd suggested that Johnson 'look in the mirror' as to why that is. 

Todd cut off Johnson´s unsubstantiated assertions.

He then told Johnson: 'You don't get to make these allegations that haven't been proven true.' 

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Comment by mr1stroke on January 4, 2021 at 4:01pm

vaughn mitchell youre so mad at Trump who else are you mad at? As soon as yor Democrat masters find someone else to be mad at you will be mad at that person too, thats what niggers do they dont have a mind of their own, well Biden told you when he was campaigning, now you know all about Trump what exactly do you know about Biden, for a whole year i have been asking you and you yet to tell us, so how about you please tell the public what makes Biden so much better than Trump, at least state some facts, to support someone that much and cannot state any goods about him, sounds like a slave who love his master more than God, how about you tell us why you mad nigger 

Comment by vaughn mitchell on January 4, 2021 at 2:40pm
Their will no next time, jail is waiting for him. The wannabe dictator, crook, liar, rapist will find himself up s**** creek, as soon as he leave office.
Comment by mr1stroke on January 4, 2021 at 3:38am

Goat i still call the niggers by their name once i see niggers, as you can see i do not think like niggers that is why i stay free, dont need to be friends with white people, font need to rely on them and can talk to them how ever i want to, unlike the niggers who are mad at Trump but looking for hugs from racist white folks, if the white people the niggers favor are not racist why are niggers marching and begging, how come they are still crying to white people for change, if those white folks are better than Trump how long have they been in power, how come they haven't change the laws and policies to change the condition in the black community? Wait dont Answer that, the republicans keep blocking them for over 50 years but they get to pass everything else like Daca and gay marriage without republicans.

Now as for me getting sick and tired of him seems like you have a problem with reading and also dont know the constitution, my comment is clear i said i will vote for him next time around, as of now the reality is the preaident elect is certified and therefore will be inaugurate a few weeks from now whether we like it or not, i am no fan of any man unless their policies can help me and the people i love but i have to respect the constitution, i dont have to be on the street dancing like slaves like the niggers who are so happy for their masters, Biden have been in public office for over 50 years and have done more damages to the black community than any republicans and have no respect for black people, so what will change in different from Trump, your white masters tell you to like Biden and you follow, that is what you do when you cant think for your self and that is the mentality of niggers, Harriet Tubman freed 750 slaves but she said she could of freed a thousand if only they knew they were slaves, now you can explain the condition of niggers in America if they ever wake up

Comment by jhons lanne on January 4, 2021 at 2:30am
Comment by Goat on January 4, 2021 at 1:20am
What's up Mr1stroke, the cat got your tongue. Lol, you dogged out everyone, n**** this and n**** that, now you sounds like you're sick of him. Cory said it the best....
Comment by Cory on January 3, 2021 at 11:31pm

What a mess, I will never, never ever vote for Trump, your are a dirty and nasty white racist. all your followers are just like you and think just like you.. you lie like if you are telling the truth..  this is not a mafia company this is the democracy and constitutional USA.. Your Behavior as a President is totally unacceptable.. this is treason.. you are a piece of ssshhhhiiiittttt,

Comment by mr1stroke on January 3, 2021 at 8:50pm

Lol how far is this going to go, its only 3 weeks to inauguration, i think the reality is its too late, lets try again next 4 years Mr Trump i promise ill vote for you if you quietly move out by the 20th

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