Trump, in Taped Name, Pressured Georgia Official to ‘Discover’ Votes to Overturn Election
At another point, when Mr. Trump claimed that a video of the vote count at the Atlanta State Farm Arena revealed that an employee was guilty of blatant ballot filling, Mr. Raffensperger replied that the video was selectively edited by Mr. Trump’s attorney. Rudolph W. Giuliani and other lawyers.
“They sliced and diced this video and took it out of context,” Raffensperger said. “The events that took place are nowhere near what was projected.”
When Mr Germany told the President that some of the allegations had been examined by both the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI and found to be untrue, Mr Trump replied that the agents were false.
“Then they are incompetent,” he said. “There are only two answers – dishonesty or incompetence.”
Mr Raffensperger said Mr Trump’s allegation that ballot papers were scanned three times was false. “We conducted an audit and conclusively proved that they were not scanned three times,” he told the president.
The president seemed unable to envision a reality in which he would lose Georgia and repeatedly reeled off statistics that he said he won the state by “hundreds of thousands of votes”.
“You look at it by rally size, frankly,” said Mr Trump, adding that he wanted to go over some of the numbers. He claimed that 250,000 to 300,000 ballots were “mysteriously thrown into the reels,” a problem he said in Fulton County.
“We think if you check the signatures, a real signature check in Fulton County, you will find at least a few hundred thousand forged signatures,” the president said, citing one conspiracy theory after another.
“People have said it was the highest vote ever,” he told Mr. Raffensperger, claiming that the fraud cases were “many, many times” more than Mr. Biden’s profit margin. “The political people said there was no way they would have hit me.”
Michael D. Shear reported from Washington and Stephanie Saul from New York.