The January 6 committee will take aim at former President Trump’s campaign Tuesday for threatening Republican state officials to get enough votes to overturn states that have lost the 2020 election.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger and his deputy detail the brazen calls Trump has made to urge President Biden’s historic 11,000-vote victory to be reversed in the Peach State.
Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers is expected to buck Trump’s efforts to create an alternative slate of pro-Trump voters, even if Biden gets more votes.
Bowers said he was “shocked” by the explosive revelations about Trump’s relentless plan to reverse his election defeat and stay in power by trampling American democracy.
“It’s something we need to look at big time and take stock of ourselves,” Bowers said. “And I hope it calms us down.”
Trump reprimanded the committee even before it was given in session, claiming there was nothing wrong with his calls to Raffensperger and his top deputy, Gabriel Sterling, which were tapped by officials.
A “perfect” phone call to discuss the rigged and stolen election, and what to do about it, Trump wrote on his social media platform.
Aides on the committee said that even with his attempt to undermine democracy, Trump knew his pressure campaign could potentially lead to violence against local officials and their families.
A former Atlanta election worker will testify about a wave of threats she and her family received after being targeted by an army of Trump loyalists.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Trump’s nemesis from his first impeachment trial, will lead Tuesday’s session.
He vowed to uncover the key role played by former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in the conspiracy to pressure state legislators and election officials.
Georgia’s top election official Raffensperger turns down Trump’s request to “find” enough votes to reverse Biden’s victory
During the call, Trump threatened Raiffensperger with a “criminal offense” if Georgia officials didn’t change the vote count to win him.
Raiffensperger and Sterling’s testimony comes weeks after their Appeared before a special grand jury in Georgia Investigating whether Trump and others tried to illegally interfere with the vote.
Some legal observers believe Trump is most likely to be held accountable for his massive campaign to reverse the election, a push that ended with thousands of violent extremists attacking the Capitol on January 6. .
Bowers is expected to discuss pressure with those in Arizona to convert voters who will vote for Trump, part of an effort to get GOP lawmakers to sign seven battlefield certificates, it said. That Trump, not Biden, had won. states.
John Eastman, Trump’s lawyer and far-right law professor, concocted fake voter scandal in the weeks following the election.
Trump and Eastman called hundreds of voters on a call on January 2, 2021, encouraging them to send an alternate slate of voters who could be seated instead of the actual ones.
Rolling stone The magazine reported Monday that Trump has refused to publicly endorse Eastman, a decision that raises the possibility that he expects the law professor to fall for his plan.
news with wire services