In a conference call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger (R), President Trump ran through election numbers and appealed to Raffensberger to re-examine election fraud in the 2020 election.
It is believed that Raffensberger leaked the conversation to the Washington Post. The Washington Post, smearing President Trump, published a grossly out of context snippet of the leaked conversation on Sunday and used the President’s words to make it appear that he was bullying Raffensberger into flipping the election from Biden to Trump.
“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.”
Democrats started salivating over the “crime” President Trump committed, but Constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz said the president’s words were taken out of context, and that no crime was committed in any part of the call.
What really happened was that President Trump, along with Mark Meadows, and others appealed to Raffensberger to re-examine thousands of illegal absentee ballots, dead voters, and other voting anomalies. They asked for access to the Secretary of State’s data again after six other requests had been denied.
The real story of the leaked call is that Raffensberger is stonewalling President Trump’s team to throw the election to Joe Biden. Since the election, Raffensberger has insisted that the data and numbers do not support the president’s claims, but it becomes evident as the conversation unfolds that Raffensberger, along with the courts, has been stonewalling the president, Georgians, and, ultimately, the American people. That is the story the Washington Post won’t cover.
At the beginning of the call, President Trump spent many minutes laying out his case to get access to the data and re-examine the election:
You don’t need much of a number because the number that in theory I lost by, the margin would be 11,779.
But you also have a substantial numbers of people, thousands and thousands, who went to the voting place on November 3, were told they couldn’t vote, were told they couldn’t vote because a ballot had been put on their name.
We had, I believe it’s about 4,502 voters who voted but who weren’t on the voter registration list, so it’s 4,502 who voted, but they weren’t on the voter registration roll, which they had to be.
You had 18,325 vacant address voters. The address was vacant, and they’re not allowed to be counted. That’s 18,325. Smaller number — you had 904 who only voted where they had just a P.O. — a post office box number — and they had a post office box number, and that’s not allowed.
After adding up all the numbers to show that he had won the state by many more than 11,780 votes, the president said, “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.”
After much back and forth, it was apparent that President Trump knew more about the Georgia election than Raffensberger. When asked by the president how many provisional ballots there were, Raffensberger replied that he would have to find out. Provisional ballots were given to people who were refused a regular ballot at the polls for one reason or another. Many voters arrived at the polls to discover that a ballot had already been cast in their name (that is voter fraud).
We are way over the 17,779. If you just take Ruby Freedman and every single vote went to Biden. What are we going to do? It is not fair to take it away from us.
One of the president’s lawyers asked Raffensberger to look at just four of the incidents that the president mention: There are “4 categories that have already been mentioned by the President that have actually hard numbers of 24.149 votes that were counted illegally. That in and of itself is sufficient to change the results of place the outcome in doubt.”
Knowing that the courts in Georgia are also stonewalling Trump’s efforts to get to the bottom of election fraud, Raffensberger told the president that he would have to go to court if he wanted to contest the numbers. President Trump responded that the courts would not even assign a judge to the case.
Understandably frustrated, President Trump told Raffensberger what needed to be done if Raffensberger wanted to restore Georgian’s confidence in election integrity:
I think you have to say that you are going to reexamine it. You need to reexamine this. Reexamine it with people that want to find answers.
“The people of Georgia know that this is a scam. Because of what you’ve done to the president, the people hate what you have done to the president.”
“It is very simple, we won the election.”
Instead of working with the president, Raffensberger leaked the call to smear the president. Raffensberger may be a hero to the left, but President Trump has filed two lawsuits against Raffensberger for leaking the call:
President @realDonaldTrump has filed two lawsuits – federal and state – against @GaSecofState. The telephone conference call @GaSecofState secretly recorded was a “confidential settlement discussion” of that litigation, which is still pending.
— David Shafer (@DavidShafer) January 3, 2021
The full audio recording of the call: