The commission hearing on Jan.6 focuses on Trump’s efforts to pressure state officials

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol met again on Tuesday for the next round of public hearings this month. This hearing will focus on former President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure officials in Arizona and Georgia to overturn the 2020 election results.

The chairman of the committee, Representative Bennie Thompson, said in his opening statement that “pressuring civil servants to betray their oaths was a key part” of Trump’s “playbook”.

Thompson said Trump’s pressure on these election officials was based on the “big lie”. “The lie hasn’t gone away. It’s corrupting our democratic institutions,” Thompson added, noting in particular that a New Mexico County official refused to certify the recent primary findings.

Thompson, Rep. Vice President Liz Cheney, and Rep. Committee member Adam Schiff all noted in their opening statements that democratic institutions have resisted despite Trump’s falsehoods, but may “break under pressure.”

“The system held up, but barely,” Schiff said. “And the system held up because courageous people, Republicans and Democrats, like the witnesses we will hear today, put their oath to the country and to the constitution above all other considerations”.

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Rusty Bowers, Speaker of the Arizona State House, from left, Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State of Georgia, and Gabe Sterling, Deputy Secretary of State of Georgia, arrive as the House Select Committee investigates the January 6 attack. at the United States Capitol continues to reveal its results of a year-long investigation at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

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Three Republicans, Secretary of State of Georgia Brad Raffensperger, Gabriele SterlingChief Operating Officer of the Secretary of State’s Office, and Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, testified first.

Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss, a former voter from Fulton County, Georgia, will appear in a second panel.

Trump lost both Georgia and Arizona to President Biden, but he and officials with his re-election campaign prompted senior officials in those states to overturn the election results, in part through a plan to present voter lists. pro-Trump alternatives.

Trump lost both Georgia and Arizona to President Biden, but he and officials with his re-election campaign prompted senior officials in those states to overturn the election results, in part through a plan to present voter lists. pro-Trump alternatives.

In Georgia, Trump urged Raffensberger in a January 2, 2021 phone call to “get” enough votes to make him the winner, although Raffensperger has repeatedly dismissed the president’s efforts and refuted claims of widespread election fraud in Georgia.

Both Raffensperger and Sterling defended the integrity of the elections in Georgia and faced intense criticism for their actions, receiving death threats and, in Raffensperger’s case, censorship from the state Republican Party. Despite the backlash, Raffensperger defeated Trump-backed representative Jody Hice and two other candidates who challenged him in the Republican primary last month for the post of Secretary of State.

The two election officials also testified this month before a special grand jury in Fulton County that is investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results.

Trump accused Moss, the Fulton County election worker, and her mother of implementing a fake voting scheme and called them professional vote scammers, charges that led to death threats and intimidation and forced them into hiding. committee aides said.

According to written testimony obtained by CBS News prior to the hearing, Moss will say that she and her mother were “attacked” only for doing their jobs following unsubstantiated claims from Trump, Giuliani and their allies.

“They say we hid the ballots in the State Farm Arena in a suitcase. This is a lie. They said we lied about a water line outage to kick out the observers. This is a lie. They said we counted. several times the ballots to try to steal the election. This is a lie, “he wrote in a testimony to the jury. “And they said we ran around flash drives trying to hack voting machines. That’s a lie too: the thing they got so upset about my mom passing me was a ginger mint. his favorite candy. All the charges against my mother and I were lies. “

In Arizona, Bowers, who supported Trump in 2020, received a call in late November 2020 from Trump and Giuliani, the former president’s attorney, urging him to have the state legislature replace a list of presidential voters, canceling the Biden’s victory in the state, according to the Republic of Arizona.

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(RL) Rusty Bowers, Speaker of the Arizona House; Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State of Georgia; and Gabriel Sterling, Chief Operating Officer of the Secretary of State of Georgia, show up to testify during the fourth hearing on the January 6 investigation in the Cannon House office building on June 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Bowers also received an email from Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in early November 2020 urging him to select a “clean list of voters,” according to the Washington Post. . The committee asked to speak to Thomas and she told The Daily Caller that she is looking forward to speaking with the House investigators.

Testimony from Trump White House officials, including former cabinet chief Mark Meadows, is expected to be heard during Tuesday’s hearing.

The first hearings focused on the violence that took place at the Capitol on January 6 as law enforcement struggled to control the throng of Trump supporters who descended on the complex to stop Congress from counting state electoral votes; by Trump decision to declare victory election night even though his closest associates knew there was no evidence to back up his claims that the election had been stolen from him; and the efforts of the former president for strong-arm Vice President Mike Pence reject the state electoral votes and unilaterally declare him the winner of the elections.

In his third hearing last week, the former vice president’s aides said Trump’s repeated lies about the election pushed the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis and put Pence in danger when a mob of Trump supporters raided. in the Capitol.

“About 40 feet. That’s all there was, 40 feet between the vice president and the mob,” Rep. Pete Aguilar, a California Democrat, said last week. “Make no mistake that the vice president’s life was in danger.”

Trump, meanwhile, continued to attack the committee and falsely claim he won the 2020 election. During Saturday’s remarks in Memphis as part of the “American Freedom Tour”, Trump claimed without evidence that the committee is falsifying videos of the depositions and accused its members of being “liars and scammers”.