Brad Raffensperger perceived Trump's infamous phone call as a threat -- and feared retaliation from his fans
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger makes remarks during a news conference at the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta on Dec. 2, 2020. - Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS

Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger believed Donald Trump was threatening him when he asked for help finding the votes he needed to overturn his election loss there.

The Republican official published a new book, "Integrity Counts," that describes a variety of threats he and his family faced after Trump lost the election, including the pressure campaign the ousted president engaged against him during a Jan. 2 phone call -- which he perceived as a threat, reported the Associated Press.

"I felt then — and still believe today — that this was a threat," Raffensperger writes. "Others obviously thought so, too, because some of Trump's more radical followers have responded as if it was their duty to carry out this threat."

Prosecutors in Fulton County are still investigating alleged efforts to improperly influence Georgia's election, but Raffensperger said authorities had not yet interviewed him but have spoken to some employees in his office.

"They've talked to some of our folks here," he said. "We sent all the documents and she can now buy the book online."

Raffensperger also bashes Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), who Trump has endorsed as a GOP challenger to the secretary of state.

"Ironically, Hice accepted the results of his own race, which he won, but objected to the results of the presidential race," Raffensperger writes. "Same voters. Same ballots. One, presumably, was honest. The other was 'faulty and fraudulent.' He's a double-minded person. How can you hold two opposing views at one time?"