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Trump asked Georgia secretary of state to 'find' 11.7k ballots, recalculate election result

President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE directly asked Georgia's top elections officials to overturn his defeat to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE in the state during a Saturday phone call, according to audio posted Sunday by The Washington Post.

During the conversation, the president repeatedly asked Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to "find" more than 11,000 ballots needed to overcome the gap between Trump and Biden in the state, thereby flipping the state in his favor.

"The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, that you’ve recalculated," Trump told Raffensperger before questioning the secretary about a "rumor" that ballots for him were "shredded" in Fulton County, which is home to Atlanta, the state's largest city and a major Democratic bastion.

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"All I want to do is this," the president continued. "I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state."

The secretary is heard in the limited audio released by the Post rejecting the president's claims, calling his supposed data "wrong" and indicating that he would not bow to the president's wishes.

At another point in the call, the audio reported by the Post reveals that Trump linked his fate in the state, as well as Raffensperger's actions in the days ahead, to whether Georgia GOP Sens. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerKelly Loeffler's WNBA team sold after players' criticism Please, President Trump: Drop your quest for revenge and help the GOP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan MORE and David PerdueDavid PerduePlease, President Trump: Drop your quest for revenge and help the GOP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Georgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting MORE would hold on to their seats in the state's upcoming runoff election, which is days away.

"You have a big election coming up and because of what you’ve done to the president — you know, the people of Georgia know that this was a scam. Because of what you’ve done to the president, a lot of people aren’t going out to vote, and a lot of Republicans are going to vote negative, because they hate what you did to the president," the president told Raffensperger before adding that the Republican official would be "respected, really respected, if this can be straightened out before the election."

The audio is the first actual evidence of the president's attempts to directly pressure a state official to overturn the results of the 2020 election, though he has called for Georgia officials, including Gov. Brian KempBrian KempDemocrats must prepare now for a contested 2024 election Raid the Republican Party to save the party Trump says 2018 endorsement of Kemp 'hurt' Republicans MORE (R), to call a special legislative session for the purpose of overturning the state's results on Twitter in recent weeks. He has also publicly called for Kemp to resign.

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