Daily Beast: President Donald Trump’s now-notorious call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was the 19th time the White House had tried to reach the state official since the election, NBC News reports.
Context about the Trump call: Raffensperger received the call from the White House on Saturday at 2:41 PM, after the White House switchboard had made 18 previous attempts to have Trump speak with him in the two months since the general election, a source tells @JulesJester.— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 4, 2021
The odds of Trump declaring a self pardon just went up a bunch— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) January 3, 2021
According to reporters Julia Jester and Geoff Bennett, Trump finally made contact on Saturday after 18 unsuccessful attempts—and then went on to urge Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn Trump’s election defeat in the state.
The hour-long conversation was the first time the two spoke directly.— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 4, 2021
Officials in Raffensperger’s office recorded the call, and he made clear to his advisers he did not want it released unless Trump attacked Georgia officials or misrepresented the conversation, per the source.
The secretary of state reportedly told his staff that he didn’t want their recording of the call to be released unless Trump went on to attack state officials or publicly lie about what had been discussed.
The GA secretary of state’s office requested that their general counsel be on the phone call, but the call was not scheduled for the purpose of settling any pending litigation, as falsely alleged by the Georgia Republican State Party Chairman, a source tells @JulesJester.— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 4, 2021
However, before The Washington Post published the recording Sunday, Trump attacked Raffensperger in a tweet, writing that he was “unwilling, or unable, to answer” questions about his false claims of widespread voter fraud and that he “has no clue!”