Trump had a ‘direct and personal role’ in pushing states to overturn Biden’s win, Jan. 6 panel says

The fourth hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot heard on Tuesday from election officials from the states of Arizona and Georgia, two states key to President Joe Biden’s election victory, on how then-President Donald Trump and his allies relied on them to help reverse his 2020 election defeat.

Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, whom Trump asked to “find” votes in a leaked phone call, said Trump received fewer votes than expected because about 28,000 Republicans who voted did not choose a president that year, supporting GOP candidates for other positions. In place. Raffensperger’s chief operating officer, Gabriel Sterling, told the panel he became “irritated” when election workers were threatened after Trump made false claims about the results. One, he said, was threatened with “hanging for treason” after uploading an election report to a county computer.

Republican Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers described how “painful” it was to have friends turn on him “with such resentment” after he refused to overturn Biden’s victory, and how a gunman threatened his neighbor during protests outside Bowers’ house.

And former Georgia campaign worker Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss has testified about the racist threats and death wishes she received after becoming the subject of a Trump conspiracy theory.

Text messages posted by the committee showed that a top aide to Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin attempted to send a dummy voter list from that state’s and Michigan’s Electoral College to Vice President Mike Pence on January 6. 2021.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, a former federal prosecutor, conducted the questioning. He called Trump’s lies about the election results “a dangerous cancer of the body politic.”

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