United States President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at Richard B. Russell Airport in Rome, Georgia on November 1, 2020.
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President Donald Trump tried to pressure Georgia’s top election investigators to “find the scam” during a phone call in December that could obstruction the judiciary. The Washington Post reported on Saturday.
The Post failed to identify the investigator due to threats and harassment against election officials.
NBC News confirmed the Post’s characterization of the call on Dec. 23 through a source familiar with the conversation.
Georgian Deputy Foreign Secretary Jordan Fuchs told NBC News, “We can confirm what has happened in the history of the Washington Post.”
The White House has refused to comment.
The call could pose a hindrance to the judiciary as Trump attempted to intervene in an ongoing investigation into alleged election fraud in Cobb County, experts told the Post. Georgia state officials concluded that the Cobb fraud allegations had no value.
The call came more than a week before Trump issued a separate appeal calling for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes to shift the count in his favor and threatening vague prosecution threats if denied, their audio from The Post was published.
It is possible that the behavior of the President when he called Raffensperger violates the federal electoral law. The President has advised the aides over the past few weeks that he is considering granting himself a President pardon. The New York Times reported.
Trump continued to make unsubstantiated claims of widespread electoral fraud long after President-elect Joe Biden was declared the 2020 presidential winner.
Congress confirmed Biden’s election for president early Thursday morning, hours after a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and at least five people died, including a police officer. Trump had spoken to his supporters at a rally and encouraged them to protest against the census of the electoral college in the US Capitol.