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

President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE directly asked Georgia's top elections officials to overturn his defeat to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine 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.


"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 LoefflerLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Herschel Walker skips Georgia's GOP convention Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock MORE and David PerdueDavid PerdueLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' 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 KempNorth Carolina county reverses course, ends coke machine ban MLB All-Star game to stay in Denver, judge rules MLB calls lawsuit over All-Star Game 'political theatrics' 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.

Trump's legal team, headed by his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCourt sets Smartmatic dismissal date on Giuliani, Bartiromo, others Ukraine sanctions two businessmen tied to Giuliani Mo Brooks accuses Swalwell attorney who served papers on his wife of trespassing MORE, has also made legal efforts in several states seeking to block the certification of the 2020 election results, with no success.