Daily US Times: In a phone call to the Georgia secretary of state’s office in December last year, then-President Donald Trump urged a top investigator to find voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Mr Trump told her that she would be “praised” for overturning the election results that were in favor of Joe Biden, according to newly reported audio of the call obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
The report is the latest example of Donald Trump’s extraordinary efforts to influence election officials in Georgia as they certified the election results, even though there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election. Trump’s actions have drawn the attention of the state’s Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, as well as a Fulton County prosecutor who has launched a criminal investigation.
According to the Journal, in a six-minute conversation on December 23, Trump tells Frances Watson, the chief investigator at the Georgia secretary of state’s office: “When the right answer comes out, you’ll be praised.”
During the phone call, Trump reportedly told Watson: “I won everything but Georgia. And I won Georgia, I know that. By a lot. And the people know it. And something happened there. Something bad happened.”
The Washington Post was the first to report on details of the Trump call. The Journal shared a recording of the call on Wednesday that it has obtained.
Trump can be heard saying on the call: “I hope you are going back two years as opposed to checking one against the other. Because that would just be a signature check that didn’t mean anything.”