The Washington Post released a phone call recorded Saturday of President Donald Trump attempting to persuade Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn state election results.

While there has been no evidence of voter fraud in Georgia, Trump seemingly threatens Raffensperger and Raffensperger's legal counsel Ryan Germany, by suggesting they face criminal liability if they fail to find thousands of Fulton County ballots.

“That’s a criminal offense,” Trump says. “And you can’t let that happen. That's a big risk to you and to Ryan."

Raffensperger and Germany repeatedly said there was no fraud in Fulton County during the hour-long phone call. 

Trump doesn't explain his evidence of ballot shredding or that the polling machines were tampered. He instead explains that he believes these things are happening based on what has been "rumored."

Trump urged Raffensberger to “find” all of the missing votes. He also referenced Tuesday's twin runoff Senate elections.

"You would be respected, really respected if this thing could be straightened out before the election," Trump said in the recording.

"Mr. President, you have people that submit information and we have our people that submit information, and it comes before the court and a court then has to make a determination," Raffensperger tells Trump.

"We have to stand by our numbers. We have to believe our numbers are right."

Many social media users responded to the recordings.

Trump tweeted out on Sunday, before the release of the recordings, that he was getting more information about the missing votes in Georgia. 

Raffensperger responded to the tweet stating that his statements are simply not true. 

At one point in the phone call, a desperate Trump appears to be in denial about the results in Georgia.

“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” Trump said. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”

The four-and-a-half-minute recording had over 250,000 views on YouTube by 5:30 p.m ET. 

The White House declined to comment about the recordings and didn't respond to the Post's requests for comment.

Trump’s phone call with Raffensperger seems to echo the call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, which prompted two articles of impeachment.

Trump's legal team had launched several challenges to the election. All have been thrown out of courts.

The future of the Senate will be decided next week in two Georgia. Republican Sen. David Perdue faced Democrat Jon Ossoff, while Sen. Kelly Loeffler faces Democrat Raphael Warnock.

Trump lost Georgia in November by fewer than 12,000 votes. Had Trump won Georgia, a state with 16 electoral votes, President-elect Joe Biden would still have won the election. Biden received 306 electoral votes, well above the 270 needed to win the election. Biden also won the popular vote by over 7 million votes. 

President Donald Trump lashed out at the Republican leadership as he faces a looming override of his veto of a defense bill President Donald Trump lashed out at the Republican leadership as he faces a looming override of his veto of a defense bill Photo: AFP / SAUL LOEB