January 6 hearing will focus on Trump’s attempt to pressure state officials to reverse the election

The January 6 select committee will testify on Tuesday about how former President Trump launched a campaign to overturn the 2020 presidential election through lawsuits, political pressure, and direct phone calls to pressure state election officials, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, (R-Ill.) Said.

Kinzinger appeared on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday to talk about the committee’s work, revealing that he — one of only two Republicans on the panel — and his family had died several days earlier. Threatened.

The committee meets on June 21 at 1 p.m. to hear from witnesses who witnessed firsthand how the former presidential campaign tried to undermine Joe Biden’s certification as the 46th president.

Tuesday’s forum will highlight testimony about how former Energy Secretary Rick Perry allegedly sent a text message to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to launch an “aggressive strategy” to keep Trump in office .

Perry’s plan was for states with Republican lead legislatures, which had not declared a winner, to establish their own electors who would declare Trump the winner, according to a leaked text message.

“Why can [sic] GA NC PENN AND OTHER R CONTROLLED STATE HOUSES DECLARATE THAT THIS IS BS (WHERE Clash And Elections Are Not Called That Night) And Just Send Their Own Voters To Vote And Take It To SCOTUS,” CNN According to the text received by .

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The former president’s son Donald Trump Jr. was also into gambling, according to texts disclosed by the House committee.

“Republicans 28 states Democrats control 22 states. Once again Trump wins,” the president’s son texted Meadows, adding, “We either have a vote we control and we win or it’s January 6th.” Joins Congress in 2021.

At the same time, the Trump campaign sparked a flurry of lawsuits in state courts across the country, challenging the results of the vote. The effort, led by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, failed almost immediately.

In addition to the litigation, the former president called on Michigan lawmakers who had ratified the election and asked them to rescind their votes. His campaign attempted to seize Michigan voting machines.

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In Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Rauffensberger, who oversaw that state’s election, fielded the now-infamous call from Trump, in which he pressured the official to find enough votes to overtake Biden in the state.

“I just want to get 11,780 votes,” Trump told him on a recorded call.

On “This Week” Kizinger said he believes the efforts of Trump and his inner circle have risen to the level of criminal acts.

“I certainly think the president is guilty of knowing what he did, the seditious conspiracy, being involved,” he said.

Kinzinger said testimony next week would reveal “how much the president was involved in the lead up to January 6.

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“The president knew what he was doing. There was a plan,” said the Illinois Republican.

Last week, the January 6 committee heard testimony regarding pressure on Vice President Mike Pence to withhold certification of the election by Congress.

There was testimony that in a heated call to the Vice President, Trump called him a “wimp” and other derogatory terms for not carrying out the conspiracy.

Pence said he did not have the authority to do so.

Trump said during a recent speech, “He clearly had a chance to be historic, but like Bill Barr and the rest of the weak, and I say it with sadness because I like him, but Mike I didn’t have the guts to act.” For an Orthodox Christian group.

Another Jan. 6 committee member, Representative Jamie Ruskin, (D-MD), said on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning that the former president’s statements amounted to an admission of guilt.

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“He’s essentially saying, ‘Yeah, I did it, and I’ll do it again,’ which is what we’re all arguing with, that if you allow punishment for attempts at unconstitutional seizure of power which is a coup, you are inviting it again in the future,” he said.

Questions are swirling about whether the committee will recommend criminal charges or submit its evidence to the Justice Department to investigate the former president.

“I’ll leave that decision up to them,” Ruskin said. “I mean, one of the many things Donald Trump destroyed during his time in office was the idea that political branches have to respect the freedom of law enforcement function.”

Kizinger said that recently, local officials in New Mexico refused to certify an election because votes were cast on Dominion voting machines.

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Trump campaign officials, including Giuliani, claimed without supporting evidence that Dominion voting machines were rigged to register Trump votes for Biden, a claim that then-Attorney General William Barr called “bulls*t”. .

Kinzinger, who plans to leave Congress after the end of his term, has said there is a “lack of leadership” on the Republican side.

“My party has completely failed the American people in truth,” he told Stephanopoulos. “It makes me sad, but it’s true.”

He revealed on Sunday that he too has been targeted while taking his party forward.

“We got this a few days back and it threatened to kill me, as well as my wife and 5-month-old baby. We have never seen or seen anything like this,” he said, adding that the threat was from his district.

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