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Raffensperger: If Trump Did Not Make False Claims About Our Phone Call 'We Would Have Stayed Silent'

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President Donald Trump is receiving fierce criticism after an excerpt of a phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was published by The Washington Post. 

In the call, Trump is heard pressing Raffensperger on a series of allegations of widespread fraud in the election and asking election officials to “find” votes for him to overturn the state’s election results. 

Trump tweeted about the call on Sunday and claimed, “[Raffensperger] was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the ‘ballots under table’ scam, ballot destruction, out of state ‘voters’, dead voters, and more. He has no clue!”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1345731043861659650

Politico reported that Raffensperger’s office decided to record the call because, “This is a man who has a history of reinventing history as it occurs.”

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During an interview with reporter Brendan Keefe on Monday, Raffensperger said there was no agreement that the details of the call would be kept confidential.

He added that he “assumed” the call was about the presidential election. 

Keefe asked if the public would have heard about the call if Trump had not tweeted about it.

“No,” Raffensperger said as he explained he believed the phone call would remain private. However, the next morning Trump made false claims about the call on Twitter.

He added, “If President Trump wouldn’t have tweeted out anything and would’ve stayed silent, we would’ve stayed silent as well.”

He continued, “And that would’ve just been a conversation between him and I. Man to man. And that would’ve been just fine with us. But he’s the one who had to put it out on Twitter. And so, if you’re going to put out stuff that we don’t believe is true, then we will respond in kind.”

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In the audio of the call, Trump can be heard pressing Raffensperger a range of baseless allegations, including whether ballots were shredded or voting machines were tampered with.

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Raffensperger quickly shot down the president’s allegations as he defended the integrity of the state’s election systems. 

On Sunday, Raffensperger shared Trump’s tweet and said, “Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true.”

“The truth will come out,” he added.

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