On call, Trump urged Georgia to “find the fraud” – Latest News, Breaking News, Top News Headlines

When elections officials in Georgia were checking the signatures on mailed ballot envelopes in a county in the Atlanta metropolitan area, President Donald Trump demanded that the principal investigator “find the fraud” and said it could make him a hero national.

The call in December, described by a person with knowledge of the matter and who requested anonymity to address the sensitive nature of the discussion, is another link in the chain of the extraordinary pressure campaign that Trump has exerted on state officials in his attempt to quash the results of the November election, which he lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

It is one of at least three phone calls made in the course of a month between early December and early January, in which Trump sought help from high-level officials in Georgia to subvert the election, although he was denied in every attempt. Trump lost to Biden in Georgia by 11,779 votes.

The call to the investigator was prior to the one Trump made Jan. 2 to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ask that election officials “find” enough votes to overturn Biden’s victory in the state. It happened when elections officials were auditing the signatures on envelopes of ballots mailed in Cobb County.

With the audit, in which more than 15,000 signatures were reviewed, no cases of fraud were found. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted in the audit of the firms.

For months, Trump and his allies have made false claims about the Georgia signature verification process on mailed ballots and the results of the November election. Among other things, they demanded a signature verification audit.

The White House had not yet issued any comment on the matter. The Washington Post was the first outlet to report the call on Saturday. The outlet indicated that it was withholding the identity of the investigator, who did not respond to requests for comment due to the danger of threats and harassment directed against electoral officials.

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