Trump urged Georgia official 'to find votes'

A US newspaper has released an audio recording of President Donald Trump urging Georgia's top election official to "find" enough votes to overturn his loss in the November 3 presidential election.

The Washington Post reported on its website that it had obtained a recording of Trump's hour-long phone call on Saturday to Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

In the recording, Trump criticized state authorities over the results they released, saying that "we won the state" and that the people of Georgia and the country are angry.

Trump repeated his claim of election fraud, raising suspicions that the manufacturer of vote-counting machines took them out illegally.

Trump is heard saying, "All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes." President-elect Joe Biden won the state by a margin of 11,779 votes.

Trump said to Raffensperger, "And there's nothing wrong with saying that, you know, that you've recalculated."

Raffensperger and other state officials who joined the conversation rejected Trump's assertions of election fraud. But the president repeated, "There's no way I lost Georgia."

The Washington Post writes that legal scholars say Trump's pressure on Raffensperger "put him in legally questionable territory." It says he appeared to be encouraging the official to doctor the election outcome in Georgia.