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Audio tape of Trump pressuring officials to rig the US election released

US President, Donald Trump was caught on tape pressuring the Georgia Secretary of State to rig the election in his favour.

Trump told him during a phone conversation that he needs him to “find” him 11,780 votes.

When the Secretary told him it’s a crime to rig an election, Trump threatened him that he’ll be criminally liable.

The conversation Saturday, Jan 2, was the latest step in an unprecedented effort by a sitting president to pressure a state official to reverse the outcome of an election that he lost.

Trump confirmed in a tweet Sunday, Jan 3, that he had spoken with Georgia’s secretary of state, Republican Brad Raffensperger, a day earlier.

Audio snippets of the conversation were posted online by The Washington Post. A recording of the call was later obtained by The Associated Press from a person who was on the call.

In it, Trump is heard saying: “All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11, 780 more votes, which is one more than we have.”

The release of the audio has led to the trend of the hashtag #TrumpTapes.

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