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Election worker who Rudy Giuliani accused of passing a USB drive says it was a ginger mint

Ex-Fulton County election official Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss told the Jan. 6 committee she received a barrage of intimidation and threats after Rudy Giuliani accused her of passing a USB connected to fake votes that were found to be a ginger mint.

“It has turned my life upside down,” Moss said, adding that she barely leaves the house, has gained 60 pounds and often doesn’t even introduce herself by her real name.

Schiff asked the polling officer, “Mr. Giuliani accused you and your mother of passing some kind of USB stick between each other. What did your mother actually give you in that video?’

“A ginger mint,” Moss said.

“As a result, I have been threatened and harassed. A stranger told me: ‘Be happy’ [it’s] 2020 and not 1920.” Others said I should hang next to my mother for committing treason. My son got some of those threats.”

Ex-Fulton County election official Wandrea ArShaye

Ex-Fulton County election official Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss told the Jan. 6 committee she received a barrage of intimidation and threats after Rudy Giuliani accused her of passing a USB connected to fake votes that turned out to be a ginger mint

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“It has turned my life upside down,” Moss said, adding that she barely leaves the house, has gained 60 pounds and often doesn’t even introduce herself by her real name.

Moss, along with her mother Ruby Freeman, was accused by Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani of “manipulation” of the Georgia presidential election tally. The two are said to have brought in “suitcases” full of ballots for Biden, according to Trump and his allies.

The former Georgia election official and her mother are now suing Giuliani in federal court after receiving death threats when Trump mentioned them publicly and following an investigation in the state that found no wrongdoing by the couple.

‘I don’t hand out my business card anymore, I don’t transfer calls, I don’t want anyone to know my name. I don’t want to go anywhere with my mom because she could be screaming my name over the supermarket aisle or something. I don’t go to the supermarket at all. I’m not going anywhere at all. I’ve gained about 60 pounds, I just don’t do anything anymore. I don’t want to go anywhere. I guess everything I do,” Moss told the committee, suppressing sobs.

“It’s impacted my life in a major way — in every way.”

Moss, along with her mother Ruby Freeman, were accused by Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani of 'manipulation' of the Georgia presidential election tally

Moss, along with her mother Ruby Freeman, were accused by Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani of ‘manipulation’ of the Georgia presidential election tally

Moss, in black, is pictured hugging her mother Ruby Freeman after her testimony

Moss, in black, is pictured hugging her mother Ruby Freeman after her testimony

Jan 6 Panel Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Embraces Freeman After Hearing

Jan 6 Panel Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Embraces Freeman After Hearing

Schiff asked the black former election official whether the attacks were racist in nature.

‘Many threats. I wish death… Many of them were racist. A lot of them were just hateful.”

Freeman, Moss’ mother, also said in a taped testimony played during the hearing on Tuesday that she doesn’t feel safe anywhere.

After Tuesday’s nearly three-hour hearing, lawmakers rose to hug Moss and her grandmother on the witness stand.

Moss told the committee that she went into election administration because her grandmother instilled in her that black people didn’t always have the right. She said she was forced to quit the job because of the threats and harassment she received.

The woman even said a mob of protesters broke into her grandmother’s home with the intention of carrying out a “civilian arrest.”

The defamation lawsuit against Moss and her mother was filed in federal court in Washington, DC, in December

Freeman said that because of allegations that a mob surrounded her home on Jan. 6, she received hundreds of threatening emails, texts and phone calls, including a Christmas card that read, “You deserve to go to jail, you worthless.” piece of shit whore.’

Freeman and Moss worked in heavily Democratic Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, where a strong performance by Biden gave the Democrat a narrow victory in Georgia.

Trump, a Republican, and his surrogates used polling surveillance videos at the State Farm Arena to falsely accuse Freeman and Moss of handling “suitcases” full of counterfeit ballots for Biden late on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, after most pollsters and election observers left.

According to the complaint, Giuliani subsequently “boosted the video by posting about it on social media,” while “OAN, its hosts and its staff” took Giuliani’s claims and “published them to millions of its viewers and readers.”

Moss scans paper ballots at the Georgia World Congress Center during the Georgia primaries in Atlanta on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Moss scans paper ballots at the Georgia World Congress Center during the Georgia primaries in Atlanta on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Rudy Giuliani points to a map as he speaks to the press about several lawsuits related to the 2020 election

Rudy Giuliani points to a map as he speaks to the press about several lawsuits related to the 2020 election

State officials, including Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, swiftly and forcefully denied the allegations, explaining that the “suitcases” were standard ballot boxes and that the votes were correctly counted under the supervision of an independent observer and a state investigator.

Giuliani has falsely claimed that the video footage showed the two women engaging in “secret illegal activities” and behaving suspiciously, such as drug dealers “passing out drugs.”

In early January, Trump himself mentioned Freeman by name 18 times in a phone call in which he pressured Georgian officials to change the state’s results. He described Freeman as a “known political agent” who “filled the ballot boxes.”

Both Trump Attorney General Bill Barr and Georgia Sec. The state’s chief operating officer, Gabe Sterling, debunked the “suitcase” theory during the commission’s Jan. 6 testimony.

Barr said in a clip played during the hearing Tuesday, “Based on our assessment of it, including interviews with key witnesses, the Fulton County allegations were groundless.”

“The ballots under the table were legitimate ballots, they were not in a case, they had been pre-opened to eventually be fed into the machine,” Barr added.

Sterling then said claims by the Trump team that election workers extracted and scanned “thousands of ballot papers” showed fraud were untrue. Trump was fixated on the “suitcase theory” at the time.

A video was played which Sterling said showed the workers engaged in “normal voice processing.”

“What you saw… the ‘secret cases’ of ‘magic ballots’ were actually ballots packed into those absent ballots by the workers in view of the monitors and the press.”

“They knew it wasn’t true,” Sterling said of Trump’s legal team.

“The problem you have is that it touches people’s hearts,” Sterling said. “Once you get to the heart, facts don’t matter anymore.”

In addition to Giuliani, Moss and Freeman’s suit is aimed at San Diego-based Herring Networks, which owns and operates One America News Network, as well as the channel’s chief executive Robert Herring, president Charles Herring and reporter Chanel Rion.

Giuliani regularly appeared on OAN’s programs to promote Trump’s false claims that voter fraud cost him the 2020 election.

The complaint alleges that OAN aired stories in which Moss and Freeman were falsely accused of conspiring to secret parties produce illegal ballots and run them through voting machines to help then-candidate Joe Biden defeat Trump.

The defamation lawsuit is the second filed this month by Moss and Freeman, who also sued the Gateway Pundit, alleging that the far-right website’s baseless reports incited months of death threats and harassment against them.

In addition to removing the posts about Freeman and Moss from OAN’s websites and other media outlets, the lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

The OAN and Gateway Pundit lawsuits both revolve around false allegations first raised by a volunteer Trump campaign attorney during a Dec. 3 hearing of Georgian state lawmakers.

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