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Trump pressured the Georgia election official to find evidence of voter fraud on the call

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CBS News learned on “60 Minutes” that Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Ravensberger’s phone call on January 2 was not President Trump’s first attempt to influence the state’s election outcome. Sources say for “60 minutes” that the president himself called last month one of the investigators of Georgia’s foreign minister.

A person familiar with the call said Mr. Trump told the investigator they would be a “national hero” if they found evidence of fraud. But the investigator found no evidence, and days later, Mr Trump was similarly dismissed by Ravensburger. The White House did not respond to repeated requests for comment from the White House unit on CBS News.

“60 Minutes” will air on CBS Sunday.

CBS News got the vote The phone call on January 2. According to the sound of the call, President Ravensberger 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.” The Washington Post was first reported On call contents and audio post. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also participated in the discussion.

Trump can be heard saying on the audio: “The people of Georgia are angry, the people of this country are angry.” “And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, I’ve recalculated.”

Ravensberger, the Republican, rejected Mr Trump’s suggestion, telling him “your data is wrong.” He also told Mr. Trump repeatedly that the election results were accurate and dismissed the president’s unfounded allegations. Mr. Trump lost Presidential race in Georgia For the elected president Joe Biden By a majority of 11,779 votes. Congress recorded the Electoral College votes and reaffirmed Biden’s victory early Thursday.

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