At fourth hearing this month, congressional committee investigates Attack on January 6, 2021 Emotional witness testimony on the U.S. Capitol highlighted former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
Trump – again – was the main focus of Tuesday’s meeting, which reviewed his efforts to pressure local and state officials to reject the election result.
In the U.S. federal system, voters elect the president through their states. Each state is assigned a certain number of electors in proportion to its population. A candidate who wins a state carries its voters.
Trump’s pressure campaign and Fraud allegations A targeted swing state, he won in 2016 but lost to President Joe Biden in 2020.
On Tuesday, the panel heard from several witnesses in those states who described Trump’s efforts and the toll it took on them and their families.
Here are five key takeaways from the fourth public hearing this month:
Trump plans to replace Biden’s electoral
The panel highlights efforts by Trump and his aides to illegally displace voters from those states Biden wins — An eyewitness to Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers described the plan as a “tragic parody.”
The commission aired a video detailing the so-called “fake voter” conspiracy.
“President Trump was directly involved in his campaign to advance and coordinate a conspiracy to replace legitimate Biden voters with fake voters who were not chosen by the voter,” said Congressman Adam Schiff, who played a leading role in Tuesday’s session.
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The video featured former Trump lawyers who said they distanced themselves from the program and warned it was illegal.
“The testimony received by the select committee suggests that those close to President Trump began planning to organize fake voters for Trump in states that Biden won in the weeks following the election,” panel aide Casey Lucier said in a statement. said in a video played at the hearing.
Powers also told the panel that Trump’s former lawyer, Rudy Giulianisuggesting he hold a hearing to remove and replace Biden voters after the incumbent president wins the state.
Top Arizona lawmaker says Trump wants him to violate oath to U.S. Constitution
Bowles, a Republican, struggled to hold back tears as he described Trump aides asking him to overturn the Arizona result and support a “fake voter” conspiracy.
“You asked me to do something that has never been done in history, in American history,” Powers recalled telling Giuliani. “And I’m going to let my state go through this without sufficient evidence… no sir.”
Powers added he didn’t want to be ‘used as a pawn’ in Trump’s plan stay in power.
“You asked me to do something against my oath, and I’m not going to break my oath,” Powers said he told Giuliani.
‘I need 11,000 votes’: Trump is looking for enough votes to overturn Georgia result
Recordings played on Tuesday showed Trump fairly explicitly seeking enough votes to overturn the Georgia result.
With Biden’s 2020 victory, the southern state is the Democratic nominee for the presidency for the first time since 1992. As such, the panel said, Trump was “particularly obsessed” with Georgia.
“All I want to do is: I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than us because we won the state,” Trump told Brad RafensbergGeorgia’s secretary of state, in a recording.
In the same conference call, the then-president added: “The real fact is that I won at least 400,000 votes. So what are we going to do? Guys, I only need 11,000 votes. I need 11,000 votes; Let me rest.”
In a separate conversation with Ravensberg chief investigator Francis Watson, Trump directly pleaded for action to quash the election results.
“Whatever you can do, Francis,” Trump told Watson in the recording.
Schiff called Trump’s efforts to reverse the vote a “political dangerous cancer.”
“If you can convince Americans that they can’t trust their election and that it’s illegal whenever they lose, then violence aside, it’s all about deciding who should govern,” he said.
Trump’s pressure campaign sparks threats to election officials
Several officials testified Tuesday that Trump tried to get them to support his sham election Fraud allegations leading to threats and abuse against them and their families by his supporters.
Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, former election workers in Fulton County, Georgia, who were singled out by Trump and his team for false election fraud allegations, underscored what was being targeted by the then-president. severity.
Moss, who is black, told the committee her life was “turned upside down” by being mistakenly identified as an electoral fraud by Trump aides. She said she received a barrage of racist and threatening messages after the election.
“I don’t give out my business cards anymore. I don’t forward calls. I don’t want anyone to know my name,” she said.
“I don’t go to the grocery store at all. I don’t go anywhere at all. I put on about 60 pounds. I just don’t do anything anymore. I don’t want to go anywhere. I make guesses about everything I do,” Moss added.
“I lost my name, I lost my reputation. I lost my sense of security – all because of a group of people… scapegoats[ed] Me and my daughter, Shaye, on how the presidential election was stolen. “
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For her part, Freeman’s taped testimony, which aired Tuesday, said she struggled after being named by Trump.
“I lost my sense of security because a group of people started number 45 And his ally Rudy Giuliani decided to scapegoat me and my daughter Shaye to push their own lies about how the presidential election was stolen,” she said, referring to 45th President Donald Trump.
Freeman added that she no longer feels safe anywhere.
“You know what it’s like to be targeted by the President of the United States?” Freeman said.
“The President of the United States is supposed to represent every American, not one individual. But he is targeting me, Ms. Ruby — a small business owner, a mother, a proud American citizen, [stood] Helping Fulton County make an election in the middle pandemic. “
Witnesses debunk election ‘fraud’ conspiracy theory
Election officials testifying Tuesday debunked some of the most popular conspiracy theories Pushed by Trump and his supporters back their baseless accusations of voter fraud.
Georgia Secretary of State Chief Operating Officer Gabriel Sterling has dismissed allegations of fraud based on tapes of election workers casting ballots through voting machines (what Trump supporters call suitcases).
Sterling explained that the so-called suitcase was an official box containing absentee ballots. He said some ballots were run more than once to correct any misscans or misplacements by the machine in what he called “standard procedures” that would not affect vote counting.
Secretary of State Rafensberg also dismissed baseless reports that the dead voted, a claim Trump had previously made.
“For every charge we check, we run down the rabbit’s trail to make sure our numbers are accurate,” Raffensperger said.