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Donald Trump secret recording reveals President’s demanded Georgia officials ‘find’ votes to tilt US election

President Donald Trump pushed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes to overturn the election results after his loss to President-elect Biden, according to an audio recording of a phone call obtained by The Washington Post.

In excerpts of the stunning one-hour phone call Saturday, Trump lambasted his fellow Republican for refusing to falsely say that he won the election in Georgia and repeatedly touted baseless claims of election fraud.

“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated,” Trump said in one excerpt of the call.

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

In another excerpt, Trump said, “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.”

“You should want to have an accurate election. And you’re a Republican,” Trump said at one point.

“We believe that we do have an accurate election,” Raffensperger said in response, to which Trump replied, “No, no you don’t. Not even close. You’re off by hundreds of thousands of votes.”

SECRET RECORDING: Trump demands Georgia officials ‘find’ votes to tilt election Credit: AP

The President also claimed during the call that votes in the state were scanned three times, according to the Post, an allegation Raffensperger rebuffed, saying, “We did an audit of that and we proved conclusively that they were not scanned three times.”

The White House, the Trump campaign and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the Post.

The White House declined to comment to CNN.

CNN has reached out to Raffensperger.

The Post’s report was published several hours after Trump said on Twitter that he had spoken to Raffensperger on the phone in an attempt to convince him to look into unfounded conspiracy theories about the vote in November.

According to Trump, Raffensperger refused to do so.

In response, Raffensperger cryptically delivered a strong message to the President on Sunday.

“Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out,” the tweet read.

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