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Session 175

US President Donald Trump was recorded making a phone call to an official in Georgia asking for extra votes, so that he could challenge the result of last year's election. Tom and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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News Review

Trump tells official: 'find' votes

US President Donald Trump has been recorded telling Georgia's top election official to 'find' enough votes to change the election result. Many people, including Kamala Harris, VPE, call this an abuse of power. Tom and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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The story

The US vice-president-elect Kamala Harris has accused Donald Trump of 'a bald-faced abuse of power' after he was recorded trying to persuade Georgia's secretary of state to overturn his electoral loss there. The Washington Post released extracts of an hour-long conversation in which Mr Trump called on the Republican Brad Raffensperger to 'recalculate' the results.

Key words and phrases

tried to persuade someone to do something

  • Journalists pressed the politician for more information on the topic.
  • When pressed, the accused man was unable to explain his actions.


change or reverse a decision or ruling

  • The decision to expel the student was overturned.
  • The judge overturned the existing ruling after the court appeal.

unbalance or change in favour of someone or something

  • The accused was concerned that the evidence was tilted against him.
  • The ship tilted wildly in the storm.

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