Jan. 6 Hearing Will Highlight Trump’s Pressure Campaign on State Officials
WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating Tuesday’s Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol plans to examine President Donald J. Trump’s personal involvement in a press campaign against state officials to undermine voters’ will, and a bold plan to fake electoral rolls in seven states to keep him in power.
At its fourth hearing this month, scheduled for 1 p.m., the committee will attempt to demonstrate what has been a repeated point of emphasis for the panel: that Mr. Trump knew — or should have known — that his lies about a stolen election, and the plans he pursued to remain in office were wrong, but he went ahead with them anyway.
The commission also plans, in potentially emotional testimony, to draw attention to the vitriol and the death threats faced by election workers because of Mr. Trump’s lies.
“We will show evidence of the president’s commitment to this plan,” California Democrat and panel member Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat Representative Representative Adam B. Schiff, told CNN. “We will also once again show evidence of what his own lawyers came to think of this scheme. And we will show courageous state officials who stood up and said they would not agree to this plan to either recall legislature or decertify the results for Joe Biden.
Mr Schiff, who will play a key role in Tuesday’s hearing, told The Los Angeles Times that the panel would release new information about the deep involvement of Mr. Trump’s last chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Among that evidence, Mr. Schiff said, will be text messages revealing that Mr. Meadows intended to send autographed “Make America Great Again” hats to people auditing Georgia’s elections.
The themes of the 6 January committee hearings
The first witness at the hearing is Rusty Bowers, a Republican who is the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives. mr. Bowers withstood pressure to nullify the election of his state from Mr Trump; Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal attorney; and even Virginia Thomas, the wife of Judge Clarence Thomas.
According to a commissioner, Mr Bowers will describe the press campaign by Mr Trump and his allies. He will also describe the harassment he endured before and after Jan. 6, and its impact on his family, the assistant said.
The panel will then hear evidence from Brad Raffensperger, the Secretary of State for Georgia, and Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer of the Secretary of State’s Office, who were pressured to reverse their state’s election results. In a phone call, Mr. Trump insisted that Mr. Raffensperger “find” enough votes for him to put the state in his column and vaguely threatened him with “a criminal offense.”
Finally, the committee will hear from Shaye Moss, an election official in Georgia who was the target of a right-wing smear campaign.
Ms. Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, who were both processing ballots in Atlanta during the 2020 Fulton County Election Council election, filed suit against right-wing conspiratorial website The Gateway Pundit, which published dozens of false stories about them. † The stories described the two women as “skewed Democrats” and claimed they “pulled out suitcases full of ballots and started counting those ballots with no election monitors in the room.”
Investigations conducted by the office of the Secretary of State for Georgia have found no wrongdoing by the two women.
The press campaign on state officials came when the Trump campaign staged fake voter lists in seven swing states won by Joseph R. Biden Jr. The commission and federal prosecutors have been investigating how those slates were being used by Mr. Trump’s allies in an effort to disrupt the normal operation of Congress’ certification of the electoral college on Jan. 6.
The fourth hearing comes as the commission continues to build its case against Mr. Trump, presenting evidence of how he spread lies about the election results, then raised hundreds of millions of dollars from those lies, and how he tried to stay in office by going under. pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to reject legitimate electoral votes.
The commission continues to gather evidence during its hearings. The panel recently sent a letter to Ms. Thomas, nicknamed Ginni, asking her to interview her about her communications with John Eastman, a conservative attorney who advised Mr. Excuse me.
“We believe you have information about John Eastman’s plans and activities that are relevant to our investigation,” the panel wrote to Ms. Thomas in a letter obtained by The New York Times.
As the commission investigates how Mr. Trump’s lies led to death threats against election officials, a panel member Sunday revealed some of the vitriol he endured. The legislature, Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican from Illinois, posted on Twitter a letter threatening the murder of his family.
“This threat that came in was mailed to my house,” Mr. Kinzinger said on ABC’s “This Week.” He added: “We got it a few days ago and it threatens to execute me as well as my wife and 5-month-old child. We’ve never seen or experienced anything like it.”