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Brad Raffensperger Says in New Book That Trump’s Call Was A ‘Threat’ to Find Votes

Brad Raffensperger Says in New Book That Trump’s Call Was A ‘Threat’ to Find Votes

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says Donald Trump was threatening him when Trump called to ask him to help “find” enough votes to overturn his loss in Georgia to Democratic President Joe Biden, Raffensperger writes in a new book.

Raffensperger portrays himself as a man who defied pressure from Trump to alter election results in “Integrity Counts,” which was released Tuesday, and makes that phone call its centerpiece. Raffensperger depicts Trump plainly; the book’s notes refer to him as “a public official settling political scores as he seeks to survive a hostile Republican primary environment and win reelection in 2022”.

ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 06: Georgia Secretary of State Ben Raffensperger holds a press conference on the status of ballot counting on November 6, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2020 presidential race between incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is still too close to call with outstanding ballots in a number of states including Georgia. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

But Trump was no ordinary politician, and the book’s account of his badgering for Raffensperger to “find” nearly 11,780 votes — one more than he needed to overcome his deficit to Democrat Joe Biden–could be used as part of ongoing criminal investigations and congressional hearings.

Raffensperger details how he was sitting at his kitchen table with his wife when Trump’s call came through, altering the trajectory of both of their lives. Following Joe Biden’s narrow victory in Georgia and Raffensperger’s determination to honor the results rather than overthrow them, he and his wife received death threats. The book also relates an encounter with men who he says may have been staking out his suburban Atlanta home, and Raffensperger being escorted out of the Georgia capitol on January 6th as a handful of right-wing protesters entered the building on the same day many more protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

The book of course details the phone call, which was recorded and then given to multiple news organizations. Raffensperger — known as a conservative Republican before Trump targeted him — writes that he perceived Trump as “threatening him multiple times” during the phone call.

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Trump’s phone call is now being reviewed by a Fulton County grand jury to consider whether to bring charges against him that could include criminal solicitation to commit election fraud, intentional interference with performance of election duties, conspiracy, and racketeering.

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