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Former President Donald Trump stressed another Georgia elections official to find voter fraud, The Wall Street Journal reported. Frances Watson is the chief investigator at the Georgia Secretary of State’s part. “Do you think they’ll be working after Christmas, to keep it leading fast? ” Trump asked. “Because, you are well aware, “were having” that time of the 6th, which is a very important date.” See more tales on Insider’s business page.
Former President Donald Trump advised a Georgia elections official to show nonexistent evidence of mass fraud before the “very important date” of January 6, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
In a six-minute phone call before Christmas, Trump pressured Frances Watson, the investigations supervisor for the Georgia Secretary of State, to scrutinize the signatures on mail-in referendums, while falsely claiming he won the state by “hundreds of thousands of votes.”
Trump lost Georgia by over 11,000 elections, an outcome confirmed by reviews and the state’s Republican elections officials.
The phone call with Watson was a prelude to a more confrontational talk days later with Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger. In that communication, daytimes before the insurrection at the US Capitol, Trump suggested that the GOP official could be criminally prosecuted if he did not help overturn the 2020 election.
While the announcement has previously been reported on, first by The Washington Post, The Journal obtained the audio of the call.
You can read a transcript below.
Unknown: Ms. Watson, the president.
Donald Trump: Hello, Frances. How are you?
Frances Watson: Hello, Mr. President. I am actually doing very well.
Trump: Good. Well you have a big fan in our great director, right? Chief of staff, Mark.
Watson: I did! I convened him. I, um, it was a pleasure to meet him yesterday.
Trump: That is great. He’s a great – he was a big success for us. He was a great congressman and then, when you lead by 35 stations it’s hard to get parties out of there, but I tried very difficult, for two years. And we got him, and he’s done a fantastic activity. I just wanted to thank you for everything. He told me you’ve been great.
And you know, gaze, this country is counting on it. Because it’s quite interesting. So I acquired Florida in a record number. Ohio in a record. Texas in a record. Alabama by 40 – 40 items. And I won everything but Georgia. And, you know, and I earned Georgia. I is a well-known fact that. By a lot. And the people know it. And, you know, something happened. Something bad happened.
And I hope you’re doing that[ inaudible] – you know, I hope you’re going back two years, as to report to simply checking, you know, one against the other because that would just sort of has become a signature check that didn’t convey anything.
But if you go back two years, and if you can get to Fulton, you are going to find things that are going to be unbelievable. The treachery that we’ve listen from –
Trump: Rudy – you know, just good roots. Genuinely good roots. But Fulton. Fulton is the motherload, you are well aware, as the construction leads. Fulton County –
Trump: And, uh.
Watson: Well, Mr. President, I regard your mention. And I can assure you that our squad, and the GBI, that we’re merely interested in the truth.
Trump: That’s great.
Watson: And feel the information that’s based on the facts. We’ve been working 12 -, 16 -hour eras. And-
Watson: – you know we’re working through it. So I can rest assured that. I do appreciate you calling. I is a well-known fact that you’re extremely, very busy, a very important man, and I’m very honored that you called. And, you are well aware, and quite-
Trump: It’s so important what you’re doing.
Watson: Quite frankly I’m stunned that you would take time to do that, but I am very appreciative.
Trump: Yeah, Mark asked me to do it. He thinks you’re enormous. You know, you just have the most important job in the country right now, because if we earn Georgia – first of all, if we triumph, you’re going to have two earns. They’re not going to see prevail right now, you know. They’re down. Because the people of Georgia are so angry at what happened to me. They know I acquired. Won by hundreds of thousands of polls. It wasn’t close.
And Alabama, you know … I won South Carolina in a record. Alabama in a record. Florida in a record. You know, I earned Florida by 6- or 700,000 referendums. It’s never happened before with a Republican. With all the money they spent. You know, you heard all that, these guys going down, spending a fortune.
And we won Texas by a record. Texas was won by the biggest, the biggest number ever. And it, you are well aware. And Ohio of course. You know that. You only knew that. That was prevailed by nine details or something. And it’s … all of it. Iowa. And it never obligated impression. And, you are well aware, they plunged votes. They slipped all these votes.
Stacey Abrams. Really, really terrible. Just a awful thing.
And I will say this. If and when – I symbolize, hopefully this will show, because if you go back two years or four years you’re going to see it’s a totally different signature – but, but hopefully when the answer “re coming” you’ll be praised. I represent, I don’t know why, you know they’ve made it so hard. They will be admired. People will say, “Great.” Because that’s what it’s about. That ability to check and to make it right. Because everyone knows it’s wrong. There’s merely no way.
You know, the government has beings in Georgia, for example, that won, and I was way ahead of them, and they prevailed because of me – you know I drew them, as they call it, coattails – we gathered them across and “theyre saying”, “There’s no way I beat you by 15 sites, ” you know. I’ve had that – we’ve had spate of those calls too.
So, anyway. But whatever you can do, Frances. It’s a great thing. It’s an important thing for the country. So important. You “ve no idea”, it’s so important.
Watson: Well, Mr. –
Trump: And I very much appreciate it.
Watson: Well, I admire your bawl. And I hope you and your family have a very healthy and fortunate Christmas. And I certainly appreciate you and everything that you’ve done.
Trump: Well, and I applauded the fact very, Frances. Do you think they’ll working here after Christmas, to keep it going fast? Because, you know, “were having” that appointment of the 6th, which is a very important date.
Watson: Right, right. I know you’ve gone that coming up. And I can assure you that I’m going to be working and we’re going to be working. And it’s-
Watson: And I applauded the fact. And you know, our team’s out there working, you know. We’ve come pandemic-
Trump: I hear the Georgia, it’s not the FBI, what was it, the BI, right?
Trump: But I listen, I sounds they’re splendid. And I heard it said that I’m 96% with them, so that’s good, okay.
Trump: But say hello to those guys. Tell them I appreciate it very much. Let’ em all know.
Watson: I will certainly do that.
Trump: You just take care. Call anytime you need, if you need assistance. Call me. Mark has the quantity. Mark realizes it, but I wanted to call you and thank you.
Watson: Well, thank you for coming in. And you have a good evening.
Trump: Thanks, Frances. Take care. Have a good Christmas and everything. So long. Thanks, Frances.
Watson: Thank you. Goodbye.
Trump: Appreciate it. Bye.
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