Recording reveals Trump pressuring Georgia secretary of state to overturn election

The president is heard telling Brad Raffensperger to recalculate the votes and find 11,780 more.
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recording of a phone call, revealing president trump pressuring an election official in Georgia to overturn his defeat to Joe bide in the hour-long recording, the president is heard telling Brad raffensperger to recount the votes and find nearly 12,000 more. Referencing several conspiracy theories to justify the change. And suggesting that raffensperger could face criminal prosecution if he doesn't comply. Raffensperger heard repeatedly rejecting the president's claim, standing by the state's count. It comes as at least a dozen Republican senators are planning to challenge Joe Biden's election victory on Wednesday. Rachel Scott leads us off in Georgia tonight. Reporter: The phone call is stunning. President trump demanding the Georgia secretary of state find nearly 12,000 votes to change the results of the election. So, look, all I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the. Reporter: In a recording of Reporter: In a recording of Saturday's call hour-long first obtained by "The Washington post," the president pressuring and at times pleading. We won the election. It's not fair to take it away from us like this. Reporter: The president citing conspiracy theories and what he calls rumors but providing no evidence to support his claims. The vote in Georgia has already been counted three times, including an extensive hand recount. President-Elect Joe Biden still the winner. And there's nothing wrong with saying that, you know, that you've recalculated. Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is the data you have is wrong. Reporter: The president suggesting raffensperger is a disloyal Republican. You should want to have an accurate election. And you're a Republican. Weelieve we do have an accurate election. No, you don't. No. No, you don't. You don't have one, not even close. You are off by hundreds of thousands of votes. Reporter: Even threatening some type of criminal action. You're not reporting it. That's a criminal offense, and you can't let that happen. That's a big risk to you. Reporter: We asked legal experts if the president's actions broke the law. There's just no question that this is morally problematic, that the president of the united States sounds like he's pressuring a state secretary of state to help him win the election. I don't think you're going to see any criminal charges here in connection with what has happened. But there is certainly an argument that the president has walked right up to the line. Reporter: The president's legal team has lost more than 50 cases in court, trying to prove voter fraud. But still 140 house Republicans and at least a dozen senators are fighting, and will object to the electoral college results this week. We ought to have a fair inquiry and fair awe did into these results. And we ought to resolve the claims, not just dismiss them. Reporter: Senator Mitt Romney writing, I could never imagine seeing these things in the greatest democracy in the world. Has ambition so eclipsed principle? Some in the party fear the president's repeated false claims of a rigged election will cost them control of the senate. The special election in Georgia now just 48 hours away. A lot of people aren't going out to vote. And a lot of Republicans will vote negative, because they hate what you did to the president. Reporter: More than 3 million people in Georgia have already turned out to vote. But this Republican voter tells me she almost didn't. Worried the runoff would be rigged. I was reluctant, a little bit, not to go vote. I was thinking, was this going to happen again? That's the concern among many Republicans. And Rachel Scott is in Georgia, where kamala Harris has just finished speaking. And she and other Democrats are responding to the recording of the president's call? Reporter: That's right. Just moments ago, Jon ossoff and kamala Harris blasted the president's words. Harris said it was a voice of desperation, calling it an abuse of power. Democrats say this is nothing short of disgraceful. Tonight, senator dick Durbin is calling for a criminal investigation into the president's actions. Whit? Rachel, thank you. That political drama playing out amid the staggering surge of

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