President Trump and his allies waged a month-long campaign to pressure state election officials in key swing states into helping to overturn the 2020 election results, prompting widespread threats and harassment, according to new testimony at the Committee hearing on Tuesday 6 January.
“Pressuring civil servants to break their oaths was a fundamental part of the playbook,” said committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.). “A handful of election officials in several key states stood between Donald Trump and the overthrow of American democracy.”
State officials, including Rusty Bowers, the Republican Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, testified that they received multiple calls from Trump, along with his attorneys Rudolph W. Giuliani, Jenna Ellis and John Eastman, urging him to straighten out the trial’s findings Elections 2020 and approve a list of pro-Trump electors.
Bowers testified that he had repeatedly told Trump and his aides that he would not do anything illegal to help the President.
“You are asking me to do something that is against my oath,” Bowers told the president.
President Biden won Arizona by just over 10,000 votes out of 3.4 million votes cast.
Bowers said he asked Giuliani for evidence of his allegations of voter fraud on “multiple occasions,” including the names of people Giuliani allegedly voted illegally, but said he never received such evidence.
Giuliani and Trump asked Bowers to hold an official Legislative Committee hearing to review their evidence of voter fraud and take action. Bowers said he declined, saying he didn’t want the “circus” of demonstrations at the Arizona Capitol and vote-counting centers to come to the Statehouse.
“I didn’t feel the evidence … deserved a hearing,” he said. “I didn’t want to be used as pawn.”
The best-known example of Trump trying to convince an election official to overturn the results in a state he lost is his January 2, 2021 phone call with Georgia Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger, in which Raffensperger was asked to 11,780 to find”. Voices.
Joseph R. Biden won the state by 11,799 votes. Raffensperger testified Tuesday that after the election, his email address and phone number were released, his wife began receiving “sexualized messages,” and the home of his daughter-in-law, his son’s widow, was broken into.
“We have complied with the law and we have complied with the constitution,” he said. “At the end of the day, President Trump came up short.”
In addition to phone calls from Trump attorneys and campaign volunteers, the pressure campaign included comments by Trump on social media and at rallies, protests outside lawmakers’ homes and offices, and online and television ad campaigns urging officials to act.
Mike Shirkey, the Republican chairman of the Michigan State Senate, told the committee in a taped interview that he received more than 4,000 text messages after Trump posted his personal number on Facebook, and urged his supporters to contact Michigan lawmakers ask to rectify the election results. In another clip, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson described her concerns when protesters gathered outside her home one night.
Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler, a Republican, told the committee he received daily voicemails from Giuliani and Ellis for the last week of November 2020. The calls continued even after Cutler’s attorneys told the Trump campaign to stop.
“I understand you don’t want to speak to me right now,” Giuliani said in a Nov. 29 voicemail released by the committee. “I just want to bring some facts to your attention and speak to you as a Republican.”
Cutler said there have been at least three protests outside his home at his county office.
“All my personal information was doped online,” he said. “We had to turn off the phone at home for about three days.”
Before the hearing began, Trump issued a statement in which he referred to Bowers as “RINO” — a Republican in name only — and claimed the Arizona Republican told him “the election was rigged and all.” [Trump] Arizona won.”
Bowers said the claim was false.
“[If] if anyone, anywhere, anytime said that I said the election was rigged, that wouldn’t be true,” he said.
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-21/hearing-pressure-campaign-state-officials-giuliani-ellis-trump State officials received scores of calls from Giuliani in 2020