Earlier today we told you about the Washington Post issuing a major correction to a story they ran in early January where they accused Trump of demanding that a Georgia investigator ‘find the fraud’. Their correction last week admitting that, according to the newly unearthed recording, Trump never said that.
Now we are learning more about the audio of this phone call that was unearthed last week, and it turns out it was deleted by the Georgia investigator herself and found in the trash can of her device:
CNN – Officials in the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office located a recently released recording of former President Donald Trump’s call to a state investigator in a trash folder on her device, a state official familiar with the situation confirmed to CNN.
The discovery of the call comes after state officials originally told CNN that they did not think audio of the call existed.
The audio file of the December 23 call between the former President and investigator Frances Watson was discovered as the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office responded to a public records request. The personal familiar spoke with CNN on the condition of anonymity to describe the internal process.
Watson declined comment to CNN through the Georgia Secretary of State’s press secretary.
Watson told CNN affiliate WSB-TV’s investigative reporter Mark Winne that she had recorded the December call from Trump for posterity.
“It’s not every day, that probably will never happen again in my lifetime,” Watson told WSB.
It is still not clear why Watson moved the audio of the call to her trash folder, but Watson told Winne that even though she was surprised Trump called her, she did not perceive any pressure from his phone call.
I would say it’s highly suspicious that Watson would delete the call and then tell no one about it, especially when the audio would vindicate Trump from the false accusations being reported in the news.
Makes one wonder if Watson, herself was the source of the initial reporting to the Washington Post and then lied about it to damage Trump and then deleted the audio to cover it up. Seems likely.