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MacCallum Grills Raffensperger As He Dodges Questions On Leaked Call: Feels Like You Have ‘A Grudge’

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Fox News host Martha MacCallum grilled Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday evening over a phone call that he had with President Donald Trump that was later leaked to The Washington Post.

The phone call was leaked with less than 48 hours before voters head to the polls in Georgia to decide the fate of which party controls the U. S. Senate for the next two years.

Fox News host Martha MacCallum grilled Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday evening over a phone call that he had with President Donald Trump that was later leaked to The Washington Post.

The phone call was leaked with less than 48 hours before voters head to the polls in Georgia to decide the fate of which party controls the U. S. Senate for the next two years.

MACCALLUM: So, why did you decide to take the phone call this time? What was different this time?

RAFFENSPERGER: I didn’t know it was being recorded.

I just was at my home with my wife. And I had it on speakerphone. But I didn’t record anything at my house. But I was making notes. But, also, then on Sunday morning, he put out a Twitter. I thought we had a private conversation, just not — left unsaid that it was private, but I just thought it was man to man, just having a conversation, and so — with the president of the United States. But then he goes out on Twitter the next morning and says stuff that’s not true. First of all, he releases that we did have a conversation. So, I didn’t see what the issue was. Then, obviously, we did have a conversation. The whole world knows.

He’s got 80 million Twitter followers. But then he also says stuff that wasn’t true and that…

MACCALLUM: All right, so, understood. So…

RAFFENSPERGER: … I was respectful in that.

MACCALLUM: OK. Obviously, you have a big difference of opinion on the way that the vote went in November. But I’m just very curious. We are 24 hours away from an election. So, what was the discussion? You say you didn’t realize that the phone call was recorded. At what point did you become aware that the phone call was recorded? And tell us about the decision to release the phone call, the audio of the phone call to “The Washington Post.”

RAFFENSPERGER: I think it was after Sunday, when the Twitter came out. I didn’t see it, or — anyway, I became aware of it. And, anyway, so that’s — recording is out there. And now people can look at what was the entirety of the comments that were said. And then they can see what he said versus what I said. And we…

MACCALLUM: But were you consulted? And did you OK the release of the phone call? Did you say, OK, let’s go ahead and release the audio of the phone call?

RAFFENSPERGER: The information is out there. And it is what it is.

MACCALLUM: That’s not an answer to my question. Are you going to answer my question? Did you — were you aware of … (Read more)

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