The House Select Committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol held its fourth public hearing on Tuesday, this time focusing on the intense pressure campaign waged by former President Donald Trump as he rushed to overturn the 2020 election results.
Through live and recorded testimonials, text messages, video and audio segments, the panel showed how the eThe effort to keep Trump in power for another four years has been extensive and relentless. Trump’s team took particular aim at other Republicans in swing states who might have swayed the final result, either by wrongfully revising the final counts or claiming evidence of fraud had been found. But there was no evidence of voter fraud on a scale that could have affected the results.
Fueled by the anger of his supporters, Trump’s anger over losing the election put him on the direct path to igniting the spark that ignited on January 6, 2021, with the deadly attack on the Capitol, according to the committee.
Here are six of the biggest takeaways.
Trump’s lawyers lobbied Republican officials in swing states to overturn the election results, but offered no evidence of fraud.
The committee presented evidence showing how Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis aggressively lobbied officials in swing states, including Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia, to help them attempt to cancel the election results.
In audio clips played during the hearing, Giuliani and Ellis can be heard calling Bryan Cutler, the Republican Speaker of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, on several days in a row in late November.
“I really have something big to get your attention that I think is really game-changing,” Giuliani said on a call. According to the committee, Cutler found this inappropriate and ordered his lawyers to tell him to stop calling, but Giuliani did not back down.
Russel “Rusty” Bowers, the Republican Speaker of the Arizona State House of Representatives, said the couple put similar pressure on him. He recalled Giuliani telling him, “We have a lot of theories. We just don’t have the evidence.
Lawyers offered to provide evidence, Bowers said, but never did.
Brad Raffensperger, Republican Secretary of State for Georgia, said his office has been relentlessly pursuing voter fraud allegations, opening nearly 300 separate investigations, but it has remained empty. In one instance, Trump’s team claimed 66,000 underage voters were counted, but Raffensperger’s office found no supporting evidence.
“Numbers are numbers. We investigated every allegation,” Raffensperger said. He said his team “walked the rabbit trail to make sure our numbers were accurate.”
Trump had notoriously told the Georgia official that he had to “find” just enough votes for Trump to win the state. On Tuesday, Raffensperger testified: “What I knew was that we had no votes to find. There were no votes to be found.
Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, left, a former election worker from Georgia, is comforted by her mother, Ruby Freeman, during testimony before the House Select Committee on Tuesday. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch via Getty Images)
A mother-daughter duo of Georgian election workers have described how their lives have been affected by Trump’s targeted attacks.
Ruby Freeman, who said she used to be called Lady Ruby, was a scrutineer in Georgia during the 2020 election. She and her daughter, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, reunited personally attacked by Trump and his supporters following the election as Trump relentlessly fueled the idea that she was rigged against him.
Moss testified with her mother seated behind her. Portions of Freeman’s videotaped testimony were also played in court. They said their lives had been turned upside down by the abuse, which emerged online and in person after Giuliani shared security camera footage of the couple counting ballots. Trump’s team accused the women of counting the “suitcases” of fake Biden ballots.
“Nowhere. There’s nowhere I feel safe. Do you know what it’s like to be targeted by the President of the United States? The President of the United States is supposed to represent every American , not target just one,” Freeman said in her recorded testimony.She left her home for two months in early 2021 amid harassment, which included death threats.
Freeman added: ‘But he targeted me, Lady Ruby. A proud American citizen who stood up to help Fulton County run an election amid a pandemic.
Moss said she felt guilty for exposing her family to so much hate: “I felt bad for choosing this job, for always being the one who wants to help.”
Trump supporters flooded other officials with messages telling them to say Trump had won a second term or else.
Michigan State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, a Republican, said after Trump tweeted his phone number, he received about 4,000 text messages. Bowers said his office in Arizona was inundated with phone calls, emails and text messages from Trump supporters, making it difficult for his staff to communicate with each other.
The pressure on Bowers leads to personal attacks home, where his adult daughter was dying of a chronic illness.
During his testimony, Georgia’s electoral system implementer Gabriel Sterling was asked about angry and passionate remarks which he did before the Capitol attack, warning that someone was going to get hurt if the personal attacks on his colleagues didn’t stop.
The Republican official said the “straw that broke the camel’s back” came after Trump supporters began targeting a contractor who worked for Dominion Voting Systems. Someone Sterling normally considered “pretty unfazed” called to tell him about it.
“I opened Twitter. I scroll through it and there’s a particular tweet,” Sterling said. “It had its name, ‘You have committed treason. May God have mercy on your soul.’ And a slowly writhing GIF of a noose.
The attackers also turned on Raffensperger. He testified that Trump supporters threatened his wife with sexual violence and that some broke into the home of his daughter-in-law, a widow with two children.
Three Republicans, Arizona State House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers, left, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling, testified about the campaign of intimidation by Trump after the 2020 election. (Photo: Tom Williams via Getty Images)
Trump said Bowers agreed the election was rigged. Bowers said that wasn’t true.
Bowers refuted a statement Trump sent Tuesday just before the start of the hearing in which he claimed the Arizona lawmaker told him he supported the idea that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen.” “.
“I had a conversation with the president, but that’s definitely not it,” Bowers said, adding that he never called it a rigged election for “anyone, anywhere, anyone.” matter when”.
Trump claimed otherwise in his statement, writing that Bowers “told me the election was rigged and I won Arizona.”
Trump allies, including Rep. Andy Biggs, pressured Bowers to decertify Arizona’s voter roll.
John Eastman, a lawyer for Trump, told Bowers to just hold a vote to uncertify Arizona voters “and let the courts sort it out.” Bowers testified that he replied, “You are asking me to do something that has never been done in the history of the United States.”
Bowers also testified that Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) called him the morning of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol as a joint session of Congress was meeting to count electoral votes.
“He asked me if I would both sign a letter that was sent from my state and/or support a voter decertification, and I said I wouldn’t,” Bowers said of of his conversation with Biggs. Other witnesses told the committee that Biggs was closely involved in Planning the rally that led to the Capitol Riot.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) allegedly tried to give Vice President Mike Pence a fake list of pro-Trump voters.
Damning text messages displayed during the hearing revealed that shortly before Vice President Mike Pence certified the election results, Johnson’s aide Sean Riley contacted Pence staffer Chris Hodgson to say the senator wanted to “hand over” Pence an “alternative list of voters for [Michigan] and [Wisconsin] because the archivist did not receive them.
Hodgson replied, “Don’t give him that.”
A representative for Johnson, who is running for re-election in Wisconsin, released a statement Tuesday after the text swap was revealed, writing that he “had no involvement in the creation of an alternative slate of constituents and had no idea she was going to be delivered to our office. It was a staff-to-staff exchange. Her new chief of staff contacted the vice president’s office.
At another point, Trump reportedly phoned Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel but handed the phone to attorney John Eastman, who pressured him to help him set up voters pro Trump. The committee showed a testimonial video in which she described the call and the help the RNC would provide.
This article originally appeared on UK Time News and has been updated.