The office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed to multiple news outlets on Monday that it has launched an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the state’s election results, including a phone call the former President made to Raffensperger.
During the call, Trump pushed Raffensperger to “find” 11,000 extra votes to overturn the election results after his loss to then-President-elect Joe Biden, according to an audio recording later obtained by CNN.
“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,” Trump had said on the call.
During the shocking one-hour call, Trump attacked his fellow Republicans for refusing to falsely say that he won the election in Georgia and repeatedly touted baseless claims of election fraud.
“The January call was one of several attempts Mr. Trump made to try to persuade top Republican officials in the state to uncover instances of voting fraud that might change the outcome, despite the insistence of voting officials that there was no widespread fraud to be found,” reported The New York Times on Monday. “He also called Gov. Brian Kemp in early December and pressured him to call a special legislative session to overturn his election loss. Later that month, Mr. Trump called a state investigator and pressed the official to ‘find the fraud,’ according to those with knowledge of the call.”
According to the report, the investigation is currently fact-finding in nature, but could ultimately lead to criminal charges depending on the findings.
“Mr. Biden was the first Democrat to win the presidential election in Georgia since 1992,” said the report. “Mr. Trump accused Mr. Kemp and Mr. Raffensperger, both Republicans, of not doing enough to help him overturn the result in the weeks after the election. Mr. Kemp and Mr. Raffensperger had each resisted numerous attacks from Mr. Trump, who called the governor ‘hapless’ and called on the secretary of state to resign.”