“Two months after…”
The Washington Post issued a correction to a January story reporting that former President Donald Trump instructed Georgia’s lead election investigator to “find the fraud” in a phone call.
The story pushed the narrative that Trump was pressuring state officials to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election. The correction said the former president “urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting that she would find ‘dishonesty’ there.
“He also told her that she had ‘the most important job in the country right now,’” the update added.
Citing “legal experts,” the newspaper reported at the time “the president’s attempts to intervene in an ongoing investigation could amount to obstruction of justice or other criminal violations.”
State officials reportedly located an audio recording of the call in a trash folder on a device belonging to Georgia Secretary of State chief investigator Frances Watson, the Post reported.
The article was updated thusly:
Correction: Two months after publication of this story, the Georgia secretary of state released an audio recording of President Donald Trump’s December phone call with the state’s top elections investigator. The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source. Trump did not tell the investigator to “find the fraud” or say she would be “a national hero” if she did so. Instead, Trump urged the investigator to scrutinize ballots in Fulton County, Ga., asserting she would find “dishonesty” there. He also told her that she had “the most important job in the country right now.” A story about the recording can be found here. The headline and text of this story have been corrected to remove quotes misattributed to Trump.
“Quotes misattributed to Trump…,” funny how that keeps happening.
In February, Georgia Secretary of State’s office formally opened an investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, Reuters reported.
“The Secretary of State’s office investigates complaints it receives,” Walter Jones, a spokesman for Raffensperger’s office, told the news agency, describing the probe as “fact finding and administrative.”
“Any further legal efforts will be left to the attorney general,” Jones added.
The Wall Street Journal reviewed the audio of the six-minute call last week and said Trump “urged the chief investigator of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office to look for fraud during an audit of mail-in ballots in a suburban Atlanta county, on a phone call he made to her in late December.”
“Something bad happened,” Trump said, according to the newspaper, repeatedly telling Watson that he won Georgia.
“When the right answer comes out, you’ll be praised,” Trump said.
“I can assure you that our team and the [Georgia Bureau of Investigation], that we are only interested in the truth and finding the information that is based on the facts,” she reportedly replied.
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