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Trump/Raffensperger Phone Call


On Jan. 2, 2021, Donald Trump called Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, pressuring him to “find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state.” Trump asserted this although Georgia had been called for Joe Biden. Throughout the hour-long call, Raffensperger and his colleague Ryan Germany insisted that Georgia’s elections had been clean and the result was indisputable. In spite of this, Trump and his supporters pushed Raffensperger to overturn the outcome. Trump threatened Raffensperger, telling him that he could face a criminal investigation. “You know what they did and you’re not reporting it,” said Trump. “That’s a criminal, that’s a criminal offense.” 

Trump subsequently tweeted about the call, saying that Raffensperger “was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions” about alleged ballot fraud. 

In February 2021, the Fulton County District Attorney opened a criminal inquiry into Trump’s attempts to subvert the election.

Participants on the call

Donald J. Trump

Cleta Mitchell

Brad Raffensperger

Ryan Germany (SOS office)

Mark Meadows

Jordan Fuchs (SOS office) [Fuchs recorded the call]

Kurt Hilbert (attorney for Trump)

Alex Kaufman (attorney for Trump)

Peter Navarro 

John Lott

John Eastman