Washington: US President Donald Trump has been recorded telling Georgia’s top election official to “find” enough votes to overturn the election result.
The secretly taped conversation with fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger, first reported by the Washington Post, includes threats that Raffensperger and another Georgia official could face “a big risk” if they failed to pursue his request.
“I just want to find 11,780 votes,” Trump told Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a recording released by the Washington Post.
Raffensperger is heard replying that Georgia’s results were correct.
Word of the recording came at an extraordinary juncture, two days before special runoff elections in Georgia that will decide control of the US Senate, and three days before Congress is to certify the results of the November 3 election.
Joe Biden won Georgia alongside other swing states, winning 306 electoral college votes to 232.
Since the 3 November vote, Trump has been alleging widespread electoral fraud without providing any evidence.