GOP officials from Georgia and Arizona will testify before the Jan. 6 panel
The fourth hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 6, will focus on pressure by President Donald Trump and his allies on state officials in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The US House hearing will include live testimony from Republican officials in those states, committee aides said Monday. It starts at 1 p.m. ET and will be streaming through the committee’s website.
The pressure on state-level officials was part of a larger plan pursued by Trump to reverse his election defeat, which ultimately led to the attack on the US Capitol, according to the committee.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Chief Operating Officer Gabriel Sterling will appear before the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
In a call that was recorded and made public, Trump called Raffensperger after the November election and urged him to “find” enough ballots to overturn Joe Biden‘s victory in the state.
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers will also testify before the panel about how Trump pushed state officials to overturn Biden’s victory in that state. He will discuss pressure he received directly from Trump, Rudy Giuliani and others in the former president’s orbit, committee aides said.
Raffensperger and Bowers hold elected offices as Republicans.
Fake voters to vote in the Electoral College for Trump
The committee will also examine in detail the “unprecedented” program to replace legitimate voters with lists of voters who would vote in the Electoral College for Trump, nullifying election results in their states, aides said.
The committee will feature text messages from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that show the former North Carolina congressman was directly involved in campaigns to bring Republican state officials reject the election results.
Former Georgia election worker Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss will also testify. Trump accused Moss by name of voter fraud, leading to threats of violence, aides said.
In addition to live witnesses, the panel will feature recorded testimony from officials in other states who were pressured by the Trump campaign and the White House to overturn legitimate election results, aides said Monday.
Other states Trump and his allies targeted in fake voter scheme to understand Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Witnesses appearing via taped testimony would also include Trump’s White House and campaign officials, aides said.
Trump’s 2020 election integrity claims debunked
Trump’s complaints about the integrity of the election are not based on fact and have been largely debunked. Trump knew the claims were not true — and could lead to violence — but kept pushing them anyway, the committee will show, aides said.
Raffensperger will testify that his office investigated allegations of voter fraud and could not substantiate any of them, committee aides said.
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Sterling will speak about the growing threats of violence due to Trump’s persistent false allegations of fraud, aides said.
The panel will also show that Trump was warned that his actions could incite further violence, but still continued to push false allegations of fraud, aides said.
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who also chairs the Select Intelligence Committee, will lead the presentation of the state’s official lobbying agenda, aides said.