Washington Post releases full audio of Trump phone call with Georgia secretary of state

The Washington Post on Sunday published extended audio of President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE's Saturday call with Georgia's top elections official, Brad Raffensperger (R), making the full hourlong conversation available shortly after initially released excerpts shocked Washington.

During the call, Trump and Georgia's secretary of state can be heard arguing over the president's various theories about election fraud in Georgia, ranging from allegedly shredded ballots in heavily Democratic Fulton County to allegations about Dominion voting machines. Raffensperger repeatedly pushed back and called the president's assertions "wrong."

"All I want to do is this," the president said in one particularly jarring moment of the call. "I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state."


Reaction to the excerpts quickly spread around the Capitol on Sunday afternoon following the Post's publication of the audio, with lawmakers as senior as Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Sweeping election reform bill faces Senate buzz saw Police reform talks hit familiar stumbling block MORE (Ill.), the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, calling for the president to face new criminal investigations.

"I've heard the extraordinary excerpts that The Washington Post has and, at least based on those excerpts, it sounds like Donald Trump is talking like a mafia boss, and not a particularly smart mafia boss," added former U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal during an MSNBC interview.

The White House has yet to comment publicly on the audio published Sunday by the Post, though some allies of the president continued to defend him on social media.

“They published 4 minutes and 31 seconds - where is the other 35 minutes? @GaSecofState Raffensperger is a political hack who doesn’t care about election integrity, nor does he care about telling the entire story. Release the full tape!” tweeted Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller.