Committee aides said the hearing will also show how Trump and his allies invented a scheme to present fake voter lists.
Trump’s campaign against state officials took place in many key states where he had lost to Joe Biden. The committee plans to focus on the actions Trump has taken to try to overturn the election, as well as the roles played by his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
Attendees said the committee intended to show that the then president had been warned of the actions he was taking by falsely alleging election fraud and pressuring state and local officials at risk of violence, but that he had done so. anyways.
Committee aides said witnesses testifying in person on Tuesday from Arizona and Georgia will be able to talk about the White House’s upcoming campaign, as well as the reaction they received from Trump supporters.
Georgia’s witnesses include Raffensperger and his chief of operations, Gabe Sterling, both of whom faced relentless attacks by Trump after certifying the state election. Fulton County Electoral Worker Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss, who was falsely accused by Trump of election fraud, will also testify about the reaction she faced.
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican, will testify about the pressure he received from Trump and Giuliani, according to committee aides.
The committee plans to show video testimonies of statements from officials in other states where Trump and his allies pressured statewide officials to try to block Biden’s election victory.
The Meadows connection
Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the committee that will chair Tuesday’s hearing, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday that the hearing would show how Meadows had played an “intimate role” in efforts to pressure lawmakers and election officials. the state of Georgia.
The California Democrat said the committee would release new text messages showing that Meadows had wanted to send “Make America Great Again” autographed hats to those conducting Georgia’s post-election audit.
Committee aides said the hearing would “demonstrate its involvement” in Georgia ahead of January 6.
Meadows contacted Raffensperger several times after the 2020 election, according to text messages obtained by CNN, and participated in Trump’s January 2021 call in which the former president asked Raffensperger to “find” the votes that the then president needed to win.
While making this call, Meadows was texting the Deputy Secretary of State, who urged him to end the call that is now at the heart of Fulton County’s investigation into whether any of Trump’s actions or his allies took in connection with the election of Georgia were. criminal.
Witness those who faced the reaction to Trump’s attacks
Witnesses will be able to testify first-hand on Tuesday about the impact of the Trump pressure campaign and the false claims about the election, as they were all attacked and threatened.
Assistants said Bowers, Arizona’s secretary of state, will be able to testify about the “harassment campaign” he was subjected to during the period before Jan. 6 and the following months.
Raffensperger and Sterling were attacked by Trump and his allies to certify the Georgia election. Sterling warned at a news conference in December 2020 that “everything has gone too far” after local election officials were subjected to threats and harassment.
Moss, who was a Fulton County election worker in 2020, will testify how her mother and her life were forced into hiding after Trump accused her of carrying out a fake voting scheme, according to the assistants of the committee. She and another election worker sued Giuliani last year.
In his written testimony delivered Monday, Moss said false stories accusing him of participating in election fraud had led him to receive death threats.
Raffensperger’s victory round
Raffensperger is testifying after he easily defeated Republican Rep. Jody Hice last month in a major Trump-backed challenge.
Trump had toppled Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp among his top priorities after Georgia GOP officials refuted their false allegations of fraud in the 2020 state election and certified the Biden election. But Kemp and Raffensperger easily won their careers, marking a rare case in which Trump has been defeated in his efforts to oust Republicans who crossed him after the election.
Interestingly, Georgia is holding a second round of primary elections on Tuesday, elections that Raffensperger and Sterling are ostensibly tasked with running at the same time as they testify before the House select committee.
The plot of the fake voters
In addition to the pressure campaign on state officials, the select committee plans to focus Tuesday’s hearing on the effort to present pro-Trump voter lists, which has emerged as a core principle of the broader plan to cancel the 2020 elections.
CNN previously reported that Trump campaign officials had overseen efforts to present illegitimate voters in seven oscillating states that Trump lost. The idea was that when Congress met to certify the January 6 election, states would have a list of mourning voters so that they would not be automatically granted to Biden.
Federal prosecutors are reviewing fake Electoral College certifications created by Trump’s allies that falsely declared him the winner of seven states he lost in 2020. Fake certificates were sent to the National Archives in the weeks after the election and not they had no impact on the election. result.
Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia, which is conducting a separate criminal investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, is investigating the attempt to present false voter lists. as part of his research.
Audiences will not be chronological
Last week, the committee focused on the pressure campaign that then-Vice President Mike Pence had faced with Trump and his allies in the days leading up to Jan. 6. Tuesday’s hearing will turn back the clock to examine what happened in the states, before. Trump’s focus was on Pence.
Out-of-committee hearings are probably due to scheduling issues more than anything else. Last week, for example, the committee had initially planned to hold its hearing in the Department of Justice the day before Pence’s hearing. This hearing is now scheduled for this Thursday.
The change means that the committee is focusing its hearings on the various issues of the campaign to cancel the election, rather than telling a natural chronological history of the scheme that was built with what happened on 6 January
However, the last two hearings will focus on the day of the Capitol uprising: first on the extremists who attacked the Capitol and then on Trump’s response – or lack thereof – to the White House.