Gabriel Sterling, a senior Georgia election official who publicly disputed former President Donald J. Trump’s false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, testified before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday.
Mr. Sterling, along with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, became a vocal advocate for Georgia’s election security in the weeks after the election, even as Mr. Trump and members of his campaign sought to discredit the results and circulating conspiracy theories that the election had been rigged in favor of Joseph R. Biden Jr.
At Tuesday’s hearing, the committee is expected to focus on how Mr. Trump and members of his inner circle have targeted state officials in their quest to overturn election results in battleground states. which Mr. Biden narrowly won. In Georgia, Mr. Biden’s final margin of victory was less than 12,000 votes.
Mr. Sterling helped oversee the implementation of Georgia’s 2020 voting systems, including electronic equipment produced by Dominion Voting Systems, which became the target of outlandish conspiracy theories perpetuated by the Trump campaign. He also helped organize a careful recount of the nearly five million votes in Georgia to confirm the state’s election results.
Unlike other state-level officials who have not acted on Mr. Trump’s false claims, Mr. Sterling has repeatedly spoken out prominently against the lies.
In fiery press conferences after the election, Mr. Sterling confronted Mr. Trump’s false claims, methodically debunking many of the most widespread lies aimed at the Georgia election. He also accused Mr. Trump of stoking public resentment of election officials in his bid to stay in power, and he criticized the former president for refusing to condemn a wave of violent threats against officials.
On Tuesday, Mr. Sterling is expected to speak about how Mr. Trump and those in his orbit dishonestly accused Georgia officials of failing to secure the election, even after repeatedly explaining that allegations of voter fraud or voting irregularities were unfounded.