President Donald Trump begged Georgia’s secretary of state to overturn the election results in a remarkable hourlong phone call obtained Sunday by NBC News.
Excerpts of the call, which took place Saturday, were first published earlier Sunday by The Washington Post.
The phone call featured Trump, days before he is set to leave office, pleading with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to alter the vote total and launching into a barrage of discredited conspiracy theories about the election. Trump even suggested that Raffensperger, who is a Republican, may face criminal consequences should he refuse to intervene in accordance with Trump’s wishes.
Raffensperger and his office’s general counsel, Ryan Germany, pushed back against Trump’s claims and said President-elect Joe Biden’s victory of more than 12,700 votes was accurate.
“The people of Georgia are angry. The people in the country are angry,” Trump said in the call. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve…
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