Jan. 6 hearing: Focus on Trump pressure on state officials

Tuesday’s hearing of the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol will focus on Trump’s personal involvement in efforts to pressure state election officials to undermine voter will and lawmakers to submit false lists of voters supporting him to Congress.

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and Georgia Secretary of State Gabriel Sterling Chief Operating Officer, all Republicans, are scheduled to appear before the committee at its fourth hearing this month on the actions of Trump and to testify to those in his inner circle.

Bowers will testify about the calls he received from Trump and conservative California attorney John Eastman, as well as a meeting with Trump’s attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, where the former mayor of New York City asked him to update state election results after Joe Biden’s victory and instead submit a list of electors for Trump.

Raffensperger was on the receiving end of Trump’s Jan. 2 request to overturn President Biden’s victory, in which Trump told him to “find 11,780 votes, that’s one more than we have because we won the state.”

Sterling made headlines on December 1, 2020 when he held a press conference urging Trump and his allies to stop spreading lies about the election results.

“Stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence,” Sterling said. “Someone will get hurt. Someone gets shot. Someone will be killed.”

The Justice Department is also investigating the bogus electoral scheme, as are Georgia prosecutors.

According to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who will chair the hearing, the House Select Committee is expected to highlight White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ “intimate role” in the pressure campaign. Meadows gave the committee a spate of emails and text messages before abruptly refusing to further comply with their subpoenas. The House of Representatives voted to hold him in defiance of Congress, but the Justice Department has declined to prosecute him.

The second part of the hearing focuses on the avarice and attacks on campaign workers. Former Georgian election worker Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss was the target of a right-wing hate campaign and accused of processing fake ballots. The Georgia Secretary of State’s office conducted an investigation and found no wrongdoing on their part.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-21/jan-6-hearings-day-5 Jan. 6 hearing: Focus on Trump pressure on state officials

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