Trump pushed Georgia’s state secretary to ‘dig’ votes-U.S. LIVE Politics

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Here’s an opinion piece on Republicans looking to reverse the election results by New York attorney and former Justice Department official Lloyd Green.

The six primary points from the leaked Trump phone call have been rounded up by my colleague and live blog pro, Helen Sullivan.

If you’re pressed or prefer listicles for time, read it:

With a good ol ‘Twitter bust-up, Trump and Raffensperger followed up on their tense phone call.

GA State Secretary Brad Raffensperger
(@theGaSecofState)
President Trump, with all due respect, what you are saying is not real. The truth is going to come out at https://t.co/ViYjTSeRcCC

3rd January 2021

A recording of a conversation Saturday between Trump and Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, was obtained from the Washington Post.

Here are some of Trump’s primary quotes leading up to the allegations of electoral interference and intimidation:

Everything I want to do is this.

Everything I want to do is find 11,780 votes, one more than we have.

Because we’ve earned this state.

Nothing is wrong with saying that you’ve done the math.

Raffensperger, who is a Republican, is visibly uncomfortable but remains firm.

In a rejoinder, he says:

Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is that the data you have is wrong.

Where do you start on this issue?
Probably with the revelation that Donald Trump pressured the Georgia secretary of state to overturn Joe Biden’s victory, leading to allegations that the president broke election law by intimidating and coercing a state official.

Then there is the fact that the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. has exceeded 350,000, a figure the president falsely claimed was “vastly exaggerated.”

Meanwhile, all ten living former U.S. defense secretaries, including two who worked for Donald Trump, have warned that the outgoing president may be trying to foment a crisis aimed at triggering military intervention in a last-ditch struggle to stay in power.

The sun has not yet risen on the U.S. East Coast.

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