Trump demands Georgia secretary of state ‘find’ him votes to overturn election result

Updated: Jan 5, 2021

US President Donald Trump has continued to make baseless claims of voter fraud after contacting election officials in Georgia, in a bid to overturn the result in the state.

Throughout the call Georgia's state secretary Brad Raffensperger and his officials told the outgoing president that Joe Biden’s 11,779-vote victory in Georgia was fair and accurate.

Mr Trump berated Raffensperger in a taped tirade released by Washington Post.

Trump even went as far as telling Raffensperger that he was taking “a big risk” in not pursuing his false claims.

"The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,” said Mr Trump.

“And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated,” he added.

Georgia officials reiterated that Mr Trump's claims were based on a string of false and debunked conspiracy theories.

Trump went on to say: “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.”

Mr Trump insisted on the call that he had actually won the battleground state ahead of Mr Biden.

Raffensperger, who said he did not feel pressured by Trump when he asked him to recalculate the votes that put Biden as the winner in Georgia, added that the last two months has seen the state fighting a 'rumour Whac-a-Mole'.

" We believe that truth matters," said Raffensperger.

Trump move could be detrimental to election runoff

There has been widespread criticism of Mr Trump's call, with some claiming that it amounts to illegal vote tampering.

Republicans fear that the call could undermine their efforts to win two Senate races in Georgia on Tuesday.

Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are involved in tight races with Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler for the state’s now vacant senate seats.

If Republicans win both Georgia Senate seats in the run-off election, they will retain control of the upper chamber. If their candidates lose, Democrats will control the Senate, House of Representatives and White House.

On Monday, two Democratic lawmakers wrote to the FBI, asking "to open an immediate criminal investigation into the president".

Vice-president-elect Kamala Harris, who was in Georgia on Sunday to campaign for the Democratic senate candidates, called Mr Trump's call "a bold abuse of power".

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, a Democrat, said Mr Trump was "unhinged and dangerous" and that his call to Mr Raffensperger merited "nothing less than a criminal investigation".

The controversial phone call came after 12 US senators and approximately 140 members of Congress said they planned on challenging the electoral college results in a joint session this week.

President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated Trump with 306 electoral votes, has indicated he would want the country to move on rather than dwell on scandals from the Trump presidency and would leave decisions up to the Justice Department.