Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger headlines witness list of the fourth January 6 hearing
The Jan. 6 select committee will focus during Tuesday’s hearing on Donald Trump’s “plot” to pressure states to individually retell or undo their election results, most notably Georgia and Arizona.
The fourth public and televised proceeding will feature live testimony from Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, his office’s Chief Operating Officer Gabriel Sterling, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers and former election official Wandrea ArShaye ‘Shaye. ‘Moss of Georgia.
Raffensperger will take center stage in Tuesday’s hearing, as he was one of the GOP targets of the Trump team’s effort to get red states to call “fake voters” for Biden’s Electoral College victory to derail. The goal was for Vice President Mike Pence to accept these alternate voters on January 6, 2021, so Trump could declare victory.
Trump also infamously called Raffensperger on Jan. 2, 2021 — just days before the Capitol riots and election certification — to pressure him to “find 11,780 votes” to help him overcome Biden’s lead in the Peach State.
The former president tried to get revenge on Raffensperger by backing Georgian Republican Representative Jody Hice in the primary race against him for secretary of state this year — but Raffensperger easily overcame the challenge.
Bowers also received a call in late November 2020 from Trump and his then-lawyer Rudy Giuliani, informing him that Arizona had a new law that would allow the legislature to choose which presidential voters it wanted to send to Congress for certification, according to the Republic of Arizona†
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (pictured May 24, 2022) will take center stage at Tuesday afternoon’s fourth public hearing of the Selected Commission’s January to prove the pressure Donald Trump is exerting on GOP state officials in his “plot” to overthrow the government. undo elections of 2020
Tuesday’s panel hearing will focus on Trump’s efforts to get disputed states to nominate their own voters and get Vice President Mike Pence to accept those votes on electoral college results.
The Arizona GOP legislator, who is a Trump supporter, told the paper he asked for proof of this law that he had never heard of, but never received.
Bowers was also pressured by Supreme Court wife Clarence Thomas’ wife Ginni Thomas, who is a conservative activist, to decertify Biden’s victory in the state.
Panelist Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, will lead Thursday’s proceedings.
Excerpts from its opening statement show that the panel will seek to prove that “anyone who stood in the way of Donald Trump’s continued power after he lost the election was the subject of a dangerous and escalating pressure campaign.”
“This campaign of pressure led to angry phone calls and texts, armed protests, intimidation and all too often threats of violence and death,” he says. “State legislators were singled out. The same was true for the state elections. Even local election workers, who did their jobs diligently, were accused of being criminals and their lives were turned upside down.”
“As we will show, the president’s supporters have heard the former president’s allegations of fraud, and the false accusations he has leveled against state and local officials, as a call to action.”
Both Arizona and Georgia are swing states that went from red for Trump in 2016 to blue for Joe Biden in 2020. However, Biden only won those states by extremely narrow margins – 0.4 percent in Arizona and 0.3 percent in Georgia.
The narrow margins of victory in part led Trump to claim that the election was rigged and stolen by a Democratic plot to deploy thousands of counterfeit ballots to make Biden win the swing states that launched him to the presidency in 2016.
Tuesday’s witness, 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.
Trump (pictured June 17, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee) infamously called Raffensperger on January 2, 2021 for pressuring him to “find 11,780 votes” to help him overcome Biden’s lead in Georgia
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.
The focus of the Democrat-led panel on Tuesday follows three other hearings this month aimed at proving that Trump was aware that he had lost the 2020 presidential election, yet pushed the “Big Lie” that he had lost the 2020 presidential election. was victorious, as was the press campaign on Pence to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the Electoral College.
Pence’s refusal to give in to Trump’s plot to deny Congressional results and accept the alternative voters on Jan. 6, 2021, kept the former president from proclaiming victory in an election he lost.
After Tuesday’s hearing, there could be as many as four more as the select committee wants to quickly wrap up its case against Trump before the 2022 midterm elections, likely leaving the House red.