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Jan. 6 hearings, Day 4 recap Panel links Trump to fake electors plan

On June 21, the Jan. 6 committee outlined a scheme supported by President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election. (Video: Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)

Arizona House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers (R) on Tuesday told the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection that he resisted repeated overtures from President Donald Trump and his allies to change his state’s 2020 presidential election results because he saw no evidence supporting Trump’s claims of fraud and didn’t want to be “used as a pawn.”

Georgia state officials also testified, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), whom Trump asked to “find” enough votes to flip the election in that state, and his deputy, Gabe Sterling. During his testimony, Raffensperger debunked multiple claims of fraud that Trump used to pressure him. The committee also heard from Shaye Moss, a Georgia election worker who was wrongly accused of committing election fraud by Trump and his allies. She was subject to vile attacks as a result.

The hearing also revealed that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) offered to deliver fake electors to Vice President Mike Pence. The committee showed text messages between a staffer for Johnson and a staffer for Pence just minutes before the beginning of the joint session of Congress to count the electoral votes on Jan. 6.

What you need to know

  • Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), the chairman of the House select committee, said that “pressuring public servants into betraying their oaths was a fundamental part of the playbook” for Trump in trying to overturn the election results.
  • Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), a Jan. 6 panel member, played a lead role in Tuesday’s hearing. Schiff said Trump’s repeated false claims fomented death threats and harassment against state legislators and election officials.
  • Trump directly tapped Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and her organization to get involved in his quest to overturn the 2020 election, according to testimony.
  • In video testimony, Robert Sinners, a former Trump campaign staffer, said he felt as if those who participated in the effort to field slates of fake electors in seven states were “kind of useful idiots or rubes.”