Transcript for Georgia Sec. of State discusses phone call with Trump about election results
Let's bring in the Georgia secretary of state Brad raffensperger. Secretary, thank you for joining us again this morning. If I hadn't heard that tape with my own ears, I couldn't believe a president of the United States would be doing that to a top election official in your state. What were you thinking and feeling during that hour? George, for the last two months we've been fighting a rumor whack a mole. It was obvious that we debunked every theory out there, but that president trump continues to believe them. We debunked the one about state farm arena. We continue to debunk this. We believe that truth matters. It's fighting a rumor whack a mole daily. Did you feel the pressure when he said find the votes? No. We have to follow the process, follow the law. Everything we've done follows the constitution of the state of Georgia, follows the united States constitution, follows state law. We had to adapt to a pandemic and that posed challenges. One team in the democratic party jumped on the absentee ballot program. We didn't have to change any state laws for them to do that. They grasped on to an existing state law which is supported by our current state party chairman when he was the state senator. It's not something I supported, but it's absentee voter. We set up an online portal for people to get their absentee ballots. "The New York Times" reports there were 18 others calls since the election from the white house. Have youken to the president before yesterday? No. I never believed it was appropriate to speak to the president. He pushed -- pushed his staff and called. We're in a litigation mode with the president's team against the state of Georgia. Whenever you say anything, you have to have your advisers there. They had to have T advisers there. I preferred not to talk when we were in litigation. We let the lawyers handle it. We took the call and had a conversation. He did most of thetalking. We did most of the listening. I did want to make my points the data he has is just plain wrong. He had hundreds and hundreds of people he said were dead that voted. We found two. He has bad data. David Worley, a democratic member of the state election board asked you to open an investigation into the call. Will you open that investigation? I believe because I had a conversation with the president, also he had conversation with our chief investigator, after we did the signature match audit of Cobb county, there may be a conflict of interest. The district attorney wants to look at it. You're an election official. Did you consider it a lawful request when the president asked you to find the votes? I'm not a lawyer. We'll follow the law, follow the process. Truth matters. We've been fighting these rumors. You said you voted for the president and wanted him to win. Knowing what you know now, would you vote for him again? I support Republicans. Always have. Probably always will. So you would vote for him again? Well, president trump is not on the ballot in 2024. Secretary, thanks for Y time.
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