Jan. 6 committee hearing today focuses on Trump’s efforts to pressure state

Washington — The House select committee examining the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol convened Tuesday for its fourth public hearing this month. This session will focus on President Trump’s efforts to pressure state officials as part of his broader campaign to remain in office for a second term after losing the 2020 election.

Expected to appear before the panel are two GOP elections officials from Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, and Gabriel Sterling, chief operating officer for the secretary of state’s office, as well as Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, also a Republican. Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss, a former election worker from Fulton County, Georgia, will also appear. 

Trump lost both Georgia and Arizona to President Biden, but he and officials with his reelection campaign pushed top officials in those states to overturn the election results, in part through a scheme to submit alternate, pro-Trump slates of electors.

Select committee aides said they’ll show that Trump “was warned that these actions, including false claims of election fraud, pressuring state local officials, that they risked violence. They risked undermining confidence in our democratic institutions.”

In Georgia, Trump urged Raffensberger in a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call to “find” enough votes to make him the winner, though Raffensperger repeatedly rebuffed the president’s efforts and refuted claims of widespread voter fraud in Georgia. 

Both Raffensperger and Sterling defended the integrity of Georgia’s election and faced intense criticism for their actions, receiving death threats and, in the case of Raffensperger, a censure by the state Republican Party. Despite the backlash, Raffensperger defeated Trump-backed Rep. Jody Hice and two other candidates who challenged him in the Republican primary last month for secretary of state.

The two election officials also testified this month before a special grand jury in Fulton County that is investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the election.

Moss, the Fulton County election worker, sued One America News Network and Rudy Giuliani in December for defamation, alleging the network aired stories that falsely accused her and her mother, a fellow election worker, of committing ballot fraud to alter the outcome of the 2020 election, according to the lawsuit. The two reached a settlement agreement with One America News in April, though Giuliani remains as a defendant.

Trump himself also accused Moss and her mother of carrying out a fake ballot scheme and called them professional vote scammers, allegations that led to death threats and intimidation, and forced them into hiding, committee aides said.

In Arizona, Bowers, who backed Trump in 2020, received a call from Trump and Giuliani, the former president’s lawyer, in late November 2020 urging him to have the state legislature substitute a slate of presidential electors, overriding Mr. Biden’s win in the state, according to the Arizona Republic

Bowers also received an email from Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in early November 2020 urging him to select a “clean slate of…

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