In excerpts from the surprising one-hour phone call on Saturday, Trump lashed out at his fellow Republican for refusing to falsely claim he won the Georgia election and repeatedly touting unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated,” Trump said in an excerpt from the call.
Mr. Raffensperger replied, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is that the data you have is wrong.”
In another excerpt, Trump said, “Look. 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.”
The White House, the Trump campaign and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Post.
The White House declined to comment with CNN.
CNN has reached out to Raffensperger.
The Post’s report was published several hours after Trump said on Twitter that he had spoken to Raffensperger by phone in an attempt to convince him to investigate unfounded conspiracy theories about the November vote.
According to Trump, Raffensperger refused to do so.
In response, Raffensperger cryptically delivered a strong message to the president.
“Respectfully, President Trump: What you are saying is not true. The truth will come out,” the tweet read.
Raffensperger, a Republican and a Trump supporter, has always rejected Trump’s claims of voter fraud in Georgia.
He has overseen three different counts of the vote and conducted several other reviews of the process.
It recently commissioned the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct an audit of the signature matching system in Cobb County that determined the system was 99.9% accurate and revealed no evidence of fraud.
The Post also reported that Meadows, attorney Cleta Mitchell and other Republican allies of the president were also on the call.
The call represents the latest extraordinary effort by Trump to change the results of the race he lost after weeks of legal and political efforts by the president, his legal team and Republican allies to reverse free and fair elections.
The request comes just days before Congress meets to certify Biden’s victory, a traditionally ceremonial exercise on Capitol Hill that will look dramatically different this year as Republicans in both houses plan to oppose the Electoral College vote count. .
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took advantage of the call in a tweet, suggesting to Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas that he and his Republican allies should investigate the president for his actions.
Cruz was one of 11 Republican senators who announced Saturday that they would support an objection to Electoral College votes, if presented, and propose an electoral commission to conduct a “10-day emergency audit” of the election results in the ” contested states “, despite the fact that there is no credible evidence to suggest widespread electoral fraud in the 2020 elections.
“Want to investigate voter fraud? Get started,” Schumer, a New York Democrat, wrote in a tweet to Cruz that included a link to the Washington Post report.