Georgia’s secretary of state has opened an investigation into a phone call between Donald Trump and the state’s top elections official in which the former president said he wanted to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat, an official said.
Walter Jones, a spokesman for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger who was called by Mr Trump, confirmed the investigation.
“The Secretary of State’s office investigates complaints it receives. The investigations are fact-finding and administrative in nature. Any further legal efforts will be left to the attorney-general,” Mr Jones wrote.
Mr Trump had refused to accept his loss to Joe Biden and focused much of his attention on Georgia, a traditionally red state that he narrowly lost.
During the January 2 phone call, which you can hear in the video below, Mr Trump repeatedly argued that Mr Raffensperger could change the certified results, an assertion the secretary of state firmly rejected.
“All I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Mr Trump said. “Because we won the state.”