The “60 Minutes” call from CBS News to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2 was not the first effort by President Trump to manipulate the political result of the state. Sources tell “60 Minutes” that last month, one of the Georgia State Secretary’s investigators was contacted by the president himself.
A individual briefed on the call said Mr. Trump said if they find signs of wrongdoing, they would be a “national hero” to the investigator. The White House did not respond to the CBS News White House unit’s numerous requests for responses.
“60 Minutes” airs on CBS on Sunday.
Mr. Trump can be heard on the audio tape saying, “And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.” The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the world are mad.
Raffensperger, a Republican, fought back against the assertion of Mr. Trump, reminding him “the data you have is wrong.” He also consistently told Mr. Trump that the voting returns were correct and rebuffed the false arguments of the president. Mr. Trump lost 11,779 votes to President-elect Joe Biden in Georgia’s presidential race.