Donald Trump apparently put pressure on election investigators in Georgia

In Georgia, Donald Trump narrowly lost to his challenger Joe Biden. Thereupon the still-president apparently hoped for the help of several civil servants.

According to a media report, US President Donald Trump is said to have tried in another case to influence the result of the presidential election in Georgia. The “Washington Post” reported on Saturday that Trump had called on the chief investigator of the Secretary of State for the elections, Brad Raffensperger, in a telephone call on December 23, to “find” electoral fraud. Trump had given him the prospect of becoming a “national hero”.

Raffensperger confirmed the phone call to the newspaper, but said he did not know the specific statements of Trump. However, he thinks it is problematic that an elected politician intervenes in an investigation into election fraud. The Republican Trump lost the election on November 3rd to the Democrat Joe Biden. Trump then claimed without evidence that he had been robbed of victory by massive electoral fraud in Georgia and other states.

Trump: “I only want to find 11,780 votes”

Trump had also put pressure on Raffensperger to retrospectively overturn Biden’s narrow victory in Georgia in the presidential election. In a phone call on January 2, Trump urged the State Secretary – who is also a Republican – bluntly to “recalculate” the result. According to the recording of the conversation published by numerous US media, Trump said: “I only want to find 11,780 votes (…) because we won the state.” After two recounts, Biden was 11,779 votes ahead of Trump.

Congress had certified the election results on Thursday night and made Biden’s victory official. Before that, angry supporters of Trump stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, where the MPs and senators met. Critics accuse Trump of inciting the mob at a previous rally.

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