U.S. President Donald Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to recount electoral votes in his favor, according to a recording of the conversation published by the Washington Post.
Ryan Germany, the secretary of state’s legal counsel, participated in the conversation.
According to the transcript of the conversation, Trump alternately flattered Raffensperger, talked about irregularities, and sharply criticized him. In at least one instance, the president’s words sound like a threat.
“You know what they did and you don’t report it. It’s a crime, a felony, you can’t let that happen, it’s a big risk to you and to Ryan, your lawyer,” Trump states.
“I just want to find 11,780 votes because we won the state,” Trump says.
The votes in Georgia have counted a total of three times, and each time it turned out that Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump by a slim margin. As a result, Biden got all 16 of Georgia’s electors.
Trump does not admit defeat in the presidential election. According to the official electoral votes, Biden won 306 electoral votes from the states, while Trump won 232. Congress must approve the results on Jan. 6. Biden’s inauguration is scheduled for Jan. 20.