Read the transcript: President Trump on Georgia election results

Friday, 08 Jan, 2021

Doing so would theoretically reverse his 11,779-vote loss in that state to President-elect Joe Biden, which has already been certified by the state.

Trump's relentless attacks since the 3 November election included an accusation that Raffensperger hid tens of thousands of illegal votes, ensuring Biden's victory.

The phone call has the potential to impact the critical Georgia Senate runoff elections on Tuesday - and could even put Trump on the wrong side of criminal statutes barring interference in elections.

Trump sent a handful of angry tweets directed at Raffensperger throughout December, with one saying the Georgia Secretary of State and other officials would be exclusively responsible if Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler were to lose their runoff elections January 5.

Raffensperger and other election officials who have rejected Trump's entreaties, in Georgia and other states, have received death threats from his supporters.

In the leaked recording of a phone call with Raffensperger, and other Republican officials, including chief of staff Mark Meadows, Trump said, "All I want to do is this".

The state election board can refer the case to her office and the state attorney general, said Willis, a Democrat elected in November. And therefore, I won the state.

"Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is the data you have is wrong", Raffensperger said at one point. "I promise you, come this Wednesday, we will have our day in Congress".

"The evidence of election fraud by Mr. Trump is now in broad daylight", the letter says. "We have other states that I believe we'll be flipping to us very shortly", Mr Trump said. "The truth will come out".

Trump has already pressured MI and Pennsylvania leaders as well as Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to try to overturn the democratic process in states that proved crucial to Biden's win.

Members of the Electoral College cast presidential votes in statehouses around the country December 14, awarding Biden 306 votes to Trump's 232.

Accepting the Electoral College vote is typically a routine process.

Both Biden and Harris have campaigned hard in the state and raised millions in the quest to flip the Senate. On that day, all 50 American states and Washington, DC had certified electors who would vote for the victor of the presidential election. Colorado's nine presidential electors also went for Biden.

American laws say the U.S. Congress can not dispute any electors named by the safe harbor deadline.

According to official results, Biden collected 306 electoral votes as opposed to 232 votes cast for Trump.

Along with the Constitution, Weiser cited a failed Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn results in four swing states, as well as a Supreme Court ruling reasserting the states' authority over the makeup of their Electoral College votes. For the upper house to return to the democratic fold, their candidates will have to win both seats, a hard bet.

In a separate action, Senator Josh Hawley had previously said he would join with some House Republicans to object to the certification of the election results. The president called himself a "schmuck" for endorsing Kemp, and appeared to threaten Raffensperger and Germany over alleged fraud, though there has been no evidence to support his claims ballots were illegally destroyed. He told Reuters that the law from 1887 is not explicit, but that most experts and judges interpret it in such a way that the Congress has no right to check the election results.