Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger launched a barrage of demands from then-President Trump after the 2020 election to address alleged voter fraud, according to witnesses at Tuesday’s hearing on the insurgency.
“‘I just want to find 11,780 votes,'” Raffensperger said, Trump telling him during a phone call. “I need 11,000 votes, give me a break.”
The audio, played by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, showed an increasingly hectic Trump, with the former president’s inquiries to Raffensperger becoming more explicit over time. Members of the audience in the Cannon Caucus Room, where the January 6 hearings will be held, laughed during the audio clips.
“I think you’ll find that they shred ballots because they have to get rid of the ballots,” Trump said in a phone call with Raffensperger. “The ballots are corrupt.”
Raffensperger said he maintained his stance that Georgia’s election had not been rigged or cheated.
“What I knew was that we had no votes to find,” Raffensperger told the panel on Tuesday. “There was no ballot shredding.”
Tuesday was the fourth day of hearings on the January 6 uprising. The next hearing, chaired by a nine-member House of Representatives, is on Thursday.
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-21/i-need-11-000-votes-give-me-a-break-raffensperger-details-trumps-election-demands Raffensperger details Trump’s election demands