The panel will focus on how Trump has pressured state officials on the battlefield to reject state lists and voters, all fueled by his false claims of voter fraud.
WASHINGTON — The House 1/6 committee will hear from the stewards of American democracy — poll workers and local officials — who have fought off Donald Trump’s pressure to overthrow the 2020 presidential election, sometimes despite chilling personal attacks.
Hearings investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol resume Tuesday to examine Trump’s relentless efforts to reverse Joe Biden’s victory in the most local way — leaning on officials in key battleground states to Reject ballots outright or present alternative voters for final balance in Congress. The pressure was fueled by the defeated president’s false allegations of voter fraud, which the panel said directly led to the Capitol riots.
The embattled Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is scheduled to testify about Trump’s phone call asking him to find “11,780” votes that could turn the state to prevent Biden from winning the election.
Raffensperger with his Deputy Gabe Sterling and Arizona Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers, along with Wandrea “Shay” Moss, a former Georgia campaigner who has said with her mother that they have been subjected to such severe public harassment, key witnesses of Trump allies, they felt unable to lead normal lives.
“I’m appalled by what I saw,” Bowers said of the hearings in an interview with The Associated Press Monday after arriving in Washington. “I think it illuminates something that we need to see big and take stock of ourselves. And I hope it would sober us up.”
Tuesday’s hearing, the panel’s fourth this month, stems from the years-long probe into Trump’s unprecedented attempt to stay in power, a sweeping plan the Jan. 6 committee chairman likened to an “attempted coup.” .
Tuesday’s focus will examine how Trump has been repeatedly told his pressure campaign could potentially cause violence against local officials and their families but still dogged them, according to an adviser to the select committee. And it will underscore that the fallout from Trump’s lies continues to this day, with campaign workers facing ongoing public harassment and political challengers trying to take their jobs.
While the committee cannot accuse Trump of crimes, the Justice Department is closely monitoring the panel’s work. Trump’s actions in Georgia are also the subject of a grand jury investigation, the results of which the prosecutor is expected to announce later this year.
“During a hearing, we will reveal the President’s role in trying to get states to nominate alternative lists of electors, as that scheme originally hinged on the hope that lawmakers would reconvene and bless it,” MP Adam Schiff, D-Calif. , he told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.
Schiff, who will chair much of Tuesday’s session, said the hearing will also examine White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ “intimate role” in conspiring to pressure Georgia state lawmakers and election officials.
Raffensperger, Georgia’s top election official, dismissed Trump’s request that he “find” enough votes to overturn Biden’s victory in the state — a request taped during a phone conversation days before the Jan. 6 attack.
During the call, Trump repeatedly cited refuted allegations of fraud and threatened a “criminal offense” if Georgia officials didn’t change the count. The state had counted its votes three times before confirming Biden’s victory by a margin of 11,779.
Raffensperger’s public testimony comes weeks after he appeared before a special Georgia grand jury investigating whether Trump and others illegally attempted to interfere in the 2020 state election, and after Raffensperger won one of Trump-backed challenger defeated.
Sterling, Raffensperger’s chief operating officer, became a notable figure in Georgia’s long post-election presidential tally and recount, with his regular updates often broadcast live to a divided nation. At one point, the soft-spoken Republican begged Americans to tone down the heated rhetoric.
“Death threats, physical threats, intimidation — that’s too much, that’s not right,” he said.
Bowers is expected to discuss the pressure he faced to overturn the Arizona results – requests from Trump advisers, which the Republican leader on Monday described as “juvenile.”
In an interview with AP after arriving in Washington ahead of the hearing, Bowers said he is expected to be asked about a call with Trump, where attorney Rudy Giuliani put forward an idea to replace Arizona voters with those who support Trump would be right.
Bowers also revealed a second call with Trump in December 2020, which he said was mostly small talk, although Trump also referenced their first conversation.
Moss, who had worked for the Fulton County Elections Department since 2012, and her mother, Ruby Freeman, a temporary poll worker, filed a defamation lawsuit in December 2021. Her mother was involved in voter fraud during the election. The case against OAN has since been dismissed with a settlement.
Both Bowers and Moss, along with Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the panel’s vice chair, were among recipients of this year’s John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award “for their courage in protecting and defending democracy.” .
The select committee also plans on Tuesday to unravel the elaborate “wrong voter” scheme that aimed to halt Biden’s election victory. The plan called for representatives in as many as seven battlegrounds — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico — to sign certificates erroneously stating Trump, not Biden, had won their states.
Conservative law professor John Eastman, an attorney for Trump, pushed the wrong voters in the weeks following the election. Trump and Eastman called hundreds of voters on Jan. 2, 2021, encouraging them to send alternate lists from their states where Trump’s team alleged fraud.
The fake voter idea was set to pose a challenge on Jan. 6, 2021, when Congress met in joint session with Vice President Mike Pence presiding over what would normally be a ceremonial role in accepting states’ vote numbers. But the effort collapsed when Pence rejected Trump’s repeated calls to simply stop certifying Biden’s victory — a power he believed he did not possess in his purely ceremonial role.
The committee says it will also show Tuesday that it has amassed enough evidence through its more than 1,000 interviews and tens of thousands of documents to directly link the various efforts to overthrow the election to Trump. At least 20 people have been subpoenaed by the House panel in connection with the false manifesto.
https://www.fox43.com/article/news/nation-world/january-6-panel-hear-raffensperger-others-trump-pushed/507-8a18c736-53a6-46e5-9837-0a0e9fc5b485 Jan 6 hearing Tuesday: Georgia Secretary of State testimony