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What to know about the Trump-Raffensperger Call

During the January 2, 2021 call, Secretary of State Raffensperger asserted that the Georgia election results were correct and that the “data” Trump cited was “wrong.” Trump had reached out to Raffensperger 18 times before the January 2 call, in a weeks-long effort to get the Secretary of State on the phone. He made a call to the Secretary of State’s chief elections investigator, Frances Watson, on December 23, 2020 as well, encouraging her to find some sort of wrongdoing in the November 2020 elections, and to Governor Brian Kemp earlier in December to pressure him to get the state legislature to overturn the results.

Trump Raffensperger phone call

On January 3, before the audio of the Raffensperger call was released, Trump tweeted that Raffensperger had been “unwilling, or unable, to answer questions” during the almost one-hour call. During the call Raffensperger is heard patiently correcting Trump’s understanding of the voting data on Georgia. Some senior White House officials, including White House counsel Pat Cipollone, didn’t know the call with Raffensperger had happened until Trump tweeted about it.

The call was attended by at least 12 individuals - 9 from Trump’s side, and 3 from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

People on the phone with Trump:

People on with Raffensperger

  • Then-General Counsel to the GA Secretary of State, Ryan Germany

  • Deputy Secretary of State, Jordan Fuchs

Listen to the full audio of the call, or read a transcript.



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