- President Donald Trump in December pressured the lead elections investigator in the state of Georgia to “find the fraud” responsible for his election loss, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
- There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, but Trump has repeatedly spread the baseless conspiracy theory since his loss in November.
- The reporting of this call came about a week after the Washington Post reported the existence of a later call that involved Trump pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, to “find” enough votes to flip the state in his favor.
- Trump’s continued rhetoric about the 2020 election led to the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on Wednesday.
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President Donald Trump on a December 23 phone call pressured Georgia’s lead elections investigator to “find the fraud” responsible for his election loss, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The president reportedly told the investigator they would be a “national hero” should they find the evidence he requested, according to the report. The Post’s reporting is based on an anonymous interview with a person familiar with the call who asked not to be identified because of the “sensitivity” of the conversation, according to the report.
The report did not name the investigator who spoke with the president.
The White House did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment Saturday.
The Post’s latest report follows its report from about a week prior that Trump in early January pressured Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, to find enough votes to overturn his loss in the state. Trump lost the state of Georgia by about 12,000 votes in one of several key losses that paved the way for