The January 6 committee hearing today focuses on Trump’s efforts to pressure state officials
Washington— The House Select Committee Reviewing January 6 state officials as part of his broader campaign to stay in office for a second term after losing the 2020 election.will meet on Tuesday for its fourth public hearing this month. This session will focus on President Trump’s efforts to pressure
CBS News will air live coverage of the hearing beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
Two Georgia GOP election officials are expected to appear before the panel, Secretary of Statea republican and , chief operating officer of the office of the secretary of state, as well as Arizona House speaker Rusty Bowers, also a Republican. Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss, a former election worker from Fulton County, Georgia, will also appear.
Trump lost Georgia and Arizona to President Biden, but he and his re-election campaign officials pushed top officials in those states to overturn the election results, in part through a plan to submit alternative and pro-Trump voter lists.
Select committee aides said they will show that Trump “was warned that these actions, including false allegations of voter fraud, pressure on local state officials, were likely to be violent. They risked undermining trust in our democratic institutions.”
In Georgia, Trump urged Raffensberger in a January 2, 2021 phone call toto make him the winner, though Raffensperger has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s efforts and refuted allegations of widespread voter fraud in Georgia.
Both Raffensperger and Sterling have defended the integrity of Georgia’s election and have been heavily criticized for their actions, receiving death threats and, in Raffensperger’s case, censure from the state’s Republican Party. Despite the backlash,Trump-backed Representative Jody Hice and two other candidates who challenged him in the Republican primary last month for secretary of state.
The two election officials also testified this month before a special Fulton County grand jury investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results.
Moss, the Fulton County election worker, sued One America News Network and Rudy Giuliani in December for defamation, alleging the network aired stories that falsely accused her and her mother, a fellow election worker, of to have committed electoral fraud to alter the result of the 2020 election, according to the lawsuit. The two reached a settlement agreement with One America News in April, although Giuliani remains the accused.
Trump himself also accused Moss and his mother of staging a fake poll and called them professional crooks, allegations that led to death threats and intimidation, and forced them into hiding. , said committee aides.
In Arizona, Bowers, who supported Trump in 2020, received a call from Trump and Giuliani, the former president’s attorney, in late November 2020 urging him to have the state legislature substitute a list of presidential voters, nullifying Mr. Biden’s victory in the state. , according to the Arizona Republic.
Bowers also received an email from Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in early November 2020 urging her to select a “clean list of voters,” according to The Washington Post. The committee asked to speak with Thomas, and she told the Daily Caller she was looking forward to speaking with House investigators.
Testimony from Trump White House officials, including former chief of staff Mark Meadows, is expected to be heard at Tuesday’s hearing.
Tuesday’s hearing will kick off the third week of deliberations of the Jan. 6 select committee, which tells Americans how Trump mounted a multi-pronged campaign to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election and stop the peaceful transfer of power, culminating in the violent attack on the Capitol building.
Previous hearings have focused on theat the Capitol on Jan. 6 as law enforcement struggled to control the crowd of Trump supporters that descended on the complex to stop Congress from counting state electoral votes; of trump on election night, even though his closest aides knew there was no evidence to support his claims, the election was stolen from him; and the efforts of the former president to to reject the state’s electoral votes and unilaterally declare it the winner of the election.
At his third hearing last week, aides to the former vice president said Trump’s repeated lies about the election had pushed the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis and put Pence at risk when a mob of Trump supporters had breached the Capitol building.
“About 40 feet. That’s all there was, 40 feet between the vice president and the crowd,” Rep. Pete Aguilar, a Democrat from California, said last week. “Make no mistake that the vice president’s life was in danger.”
Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, is expected to play a prominent role in the fourth hearing. He told CNN on Sunday that the panel will demonstrate how Trump mounted a pressure campaign against state and local election officials who put their lives at risk, and present evidence of the former president’s role in a plan to convince states to nominate alternative pro-Trump voter lists. .
“The system held because many state and local election officials upheld their oath to the Constitution,” Schiff told CNN.
Since its inception nearly a year ago, the select committee has conducted more than 1,000 interviews — including with former White House and Trump campaign officials, and family members of the former president – and has collected more than 140,000 documents.
Trump, meanwhile, continued to attack the committee and falsely claim he had won the 2020 election. evidence that the committee doctored a video of depositions and accused its members of being “liars and crooks”.