Democrats Ask FBI To Open Criminal Probe Into Trump’s Leaked Phone Call

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A pair of House Democrats are asking FBI Director Christopher Wray to open a criminal probe into President Donald Trump after a leaked phone call showed him pleading with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn his state’s election.

“As members of Congress and former prosecutors, we believe Donald Trump engaged in the solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes,” Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., wrote in a letter to Wray on Monday. “We ask you to open an immediate criminal investigation into the president.”

During the call, a recording of which was obtained by NBC News, Trump asked Raffensperger “to find” enough votes for him to erase President-elect Joe Biden’s margin of victory in the state.

“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump said. “Because we won the state.”

The phone call, which went on for about an hour, featured Trump repeatedly pushing Raffensperger to alter the vote total while launching a barrage of discredited conspiracy theories at the Republican election official and his staff. The president went as far as suggesting that, should the secretary of state not act in accordance with Trump’s wishes, he could be criminally liable.

“The people of Georgia are angry. The people in the country are angry,” Trump said in the call. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.”

Raffensperger and his office’s general counsel, Ryan Germany, spent the call swatting down the president’s claims — at times telling him his specific allegations of fraud were flat-out wrong.

“Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is the data you have is wrong,” Raffensperger said at one point.

The phone call, which went on for about an hour, featured Trump repeatedly pushing Raffensperger to alter the vote total while launching a barrage of discredited conspiracy theories at the Republican election official and his staff. The president went as far as suggesting that, should the secretary of state not act in accordance with Trump’s wishes, he could be criminally liable.

“The people of Georgia are angry. The people in the country are angry,” Trump said in the call. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.”

Raffensperger and his office’s general counsel, Ryan Germany, spent the call swatting down the president’s claims — at times telling him his specific allegations of fraud were flat-out wrong.

“Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is the data you have is wrong,” Raffensperger said at one point.

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