Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger took a phone call from President Trump on Saturday. If you want to know what was discussed, you’re in luck, because Raffensperger secretly recorded the conversation and then turned it over to the Washington Post, which published the details of it in full.
On Monday, President Trump’s attorney Kurt Hilbert said Trump, as well as his entire legal team, weren’t pleased about it. “We are disappointed that the secretary of state and his staff secretly recorded and released a confidential settlement discussion to settle the two pending lawsuits,” Hilbert said Monday.
“While they may think that behavior is appropriate, we do not. Consequently, we will not be commenting on settlement discussions.”
The settlement discussions pertained to Trump asking Raffensperger to see if they could find additional votes to put Trump over the top in Georgia. “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.”
According to the Post story, Trump later added: “So what are we going to do here, folks? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break.”
The certified election results in Georgia showed that Trump fell 11,779 votes shy of Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election. Raffensperger insists there was no voter fraud in his state, after conducting two recounts, and tweeted Sunday: “Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out.”
Democrats are not happy, and on Monday Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu of California and Kathleen Rice of New York went so far as to send a criminal referral to the FBI. According to them, Trump solicited election fraud in the call.