The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol turns its attention on Tuesday to the campaign to pressure state officials to overturn the results 2020 elections.
The hearing will focus in particular on then-President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results in Arizona and Georgia – where Trump notoriously asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the votes whose he needed to win.
Committee aides said witnesses testifying in person Tuesday from Arizona and Georgia will be able to talk about the White House’s lobbying campaign, as well as the backlash they’ve received from Trump supporters.
Witnesses from Georgia include Raffensperger and his chief operating officer, Gabe Sterling, who both faced relentless attacks from Trump after certifying the state’s election. Fulton County election worker Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss, who was falsely accused by Trump of voter fraud, will also testify about the backlash she faced.
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican, will testify about the pressure he received from Trump and Giuliani, according to committee aides.
Here are the main things to look out for in today’s hearing:
The Meadows connection: Representative Adam Schiff, the committee member who will lead Tuesday’s hearing, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday that the hearing would show how Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows played a ” intimate role” in efforts to pressure the state of Georgia. legislators and election officials.
The California Democrat said the committee would release new text messages showing Meadows wanted to send autographed “Make America Great Again” hats to those conducting Georgia’s post-election audit.
Committee aides said the hearing would “demonstrate its involvement” in Georgia as Jan. 6 approaches.
Meadows contacted Raffensperger several times after the 2020 election, according to text messages obtained by CNN, and he participated in Trump’s January 2021 call where the former president asked Raffensperger to “find” the votes whose president at the time needed to win.
While that call was in progress, Meadows was texting the Assistant Secretary of State, who urged him to end the call that is now at the center of the Fulton County investigation into whether any any actions Trump or his allies took regarding Georgia’s election were criminal.
Testimony of those who have suffered the backlash of Trump’s attacks: Witnesses will be able to testify first-hand on Tuesday about the impact of Trump’s lobbying campaign and misrepresentation on the election – as they have all been the victims of attacks and threats.
Aides said Bowers, the Arizona secretary of state, will be able to testify to the “campaign of harassment” he faced in the run-up to Jan. 6 and the months that followed.
Raffensperger and Sterling were attacked by Trump and his allies for certifying Georgia’s election. Sterling warned at a press conference in December 2020 that “everything has gone too far” after local election officials faced threats and harassment.
Moss, who was a Fulton County election worker in 2020, will testify how her mother and her life were turned upside down and they were forced into hiding after Moss was accused by Trump of staging a fake ballot, according to reports. committee help. She and another election worker sued Giuliani last year.
In her written testimony provided Monday, Moss said the false stories accusing her of participating in voter fraud led her to receive death threats.
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