Donald Trump allegedly told the investigator he would be a ‘national hero’ if he ‘found the fraud’ (Picture: AFP/Gett)
Donald Trump called an elections investigator and told him to ‘find the fraud’ while he was looking into false allegations of a rigged ballot, sources have claimed.
Mr Trump told the investigations chief for Georgia’s secretary of state he would be a ‘national hero’ if he concluded there had been foul play in the state’s ballot counting, an anonymous source told The Washington Post.
The investigator was reportedly part of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s probe into false claims that Cobb County, Atlanta, had accepted mail ballots with signatures which did not match those on record.
The inquiry looked at more than 15,000 signatures and found two minor issues concluding that the allegations had no merit.
Although Mr Raffensperger said he did not know the details of the phone call he confirmed it happened on December 23.
This would be the third example of calls to government officials in Georgia, which some legal experts have said amounts to obstruction of justice.
On Friday, Mr Raffensperger told The Washington Post ‘an elected official should not be involved’ in ‘an ongoing investigation’.
Trump has called three officials in Georgia about the election (Picture: Getty Images)
The investigator was looking into false allegations about election fraud (Picture: PA)
On January 2, Mr Trump told Mr Raffensperger: ‘All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.’
Mr Raffensperger replied: ‘President Trump, we’ve had several lawsuits, and we’ve had to respond in court to the lawsuits and the contentions. We don’t agree that you have won.’
The first call to a Georgia official was when the President called the state’s governor, Brian Kemp, in early December and complained that he had certified the election results.
Nick Akerman, a former federal prosecutor in New York who was once a member of the Watergate prosecution team, said Mr Trump’s alleged conversation with the investigator was ‘obstruction — any way you cut it’.
Shortly before the Capitol was ransacked on Wednesday, Mr Trump told a rally that both Mr Raffensperger and Mr Kemp were ‘corrupt’ for betraying him after he had previously endorsed their elections in 2018.
In the aftermath of the Capitol’s breach, Democrat House leaders are looking to file articles of impeachment against the President.
His call to Mr Raffensperger is being cited as efforts to ‘subvert and obstruct’ the election, alongside their belief that Trump helped incite the mob who trashed the Capitol building.
The President’s administration has maintained that it condemned all violence on Wednesday with the Deputy Press Secretary to the White House, Judd Deere, tweeting reassurances that everyone was ‘working to ensure an orderly transition of power’.
He said: ‘Now it is time for America to unite, to come together to reject the violence that we have seen. We are one American people under God.’
The Washington Post said the White House did not respond to their requests for comment.
Metro.co.uk has also contacted the President for comment.
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