The Wall Street Journal has released audio of a call that then-President Donald Trump made a call to the chief investigator for the Secretary of State, Frances Watson, in hopes that she would find fraud in the state’s election returns.
In the audio, Trump told Watson that “[s]omething bad happened” and that she would be “praised” if voter fraud was discovered during an audit of absentee ballots in Fulton County. Watson appeared flattered, telling him that she was “shocked” by the call.
Watson was undeterred to her responsibilities, though. She told Trump, “I can assure you that our team and the [Georgia Bureau of Investigation], that we are only interested in the truth and finding the information that is based on the facts.”
The Washington Post reported on the call back in January, days after Trump called Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and urged Raffensperger to essentially commit voter fraud. “All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump said to Raffensperger. “Because we won the state.”
Trump lost Georgia by 12,670 votes, according to the Secretary of State’s office.