Washington, United States:
Newspaper media reported on Sunday that President Donald Trump pressured Georgia’s Secretary of State on Saturday to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the southern state in an extraordinary phone conversation.
Secretly taped conversations with fellow Republican Brad Raffensparger, first reported by the Washington Post, included threats that Raffensper and another Georgia official were “at great risk” if they failed to pursue his request. May have to be raised.
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry,” Trump is heard saying on tape, parts of which were broadcast by CNN.
“And there is nothing wrong, you know, um, that you have recalculated,” says the president. “You’re away with thousands of votes.”
Raffenspar is heard replying: “Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have, the data you have is wrong.”
Biden won the long Republican-lean state by less than 12,000 votes – a margin that remained unchanged after calculations and audits. None of Trump’s accusations have been endorsed.
Even a hypothetical vicariousness did not deny Biden the victory.
Word of the recording came at an extraordinary turn, two days before the special runoff elections in Georgia that would decide control of the US Senate, and three days before Congress was to certify the results of the November 3 election.
This certification, in general, is now being challenged by scores of lawmakers at Trump’s behest.
– ‘Contribution to democracy’ –
Before the audio was released, Trump tweeted about the call, stating that Raffensper was “reluctant, or unable, to answer questions such as the ‘ballot under table’ scandal, ballot destruction, the state’s ‘voters’, dead voters.” For, and more. “
Following the release, the White House declined to comment.
Democrats were swift to condemn the call.
“Trump’s contempt for democracy is laid bare,” Representative Adam Schiff said on Twitter. “Once again. On tape.”
“Forcing an election official to ‘find’ votes so that he can win is a likely culprit, and another major misuse of power by a corrupt man who would be an autocrat if we allowed him to. We won’t.”
Some political commentators compared the call to the Watergate tape that led to the fall of President Richard Nixon.
John Dean, a White House lawyer for Nixon before going against him, told CNN that the new tape was “very damaging to the president.”
“It’s so ugly.”
Trump has waged an all-out battle against the election results. But scores of reviews and lawsuits by their own Department of Justice, as well as claims, have failed to be confirmed.
At one point, he invited Republican election officials from Michigan to the White House in an apparent effort to pressure their vote authorization.
He also pressed Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican, in a separate phone call.
Raffensparger and other election officials who rejected Trump’s threats in Georgia and other states have received death threats from their supporters.
It was unclear who released the tape, but under Georgia law, Raffenspar could legally tape without Trump’s consent.