Georgia secretary of state and other state officials slated to testify at January 6 hearing
The witness list for Tuesday’s hearing includes three individuals from Georgia: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, his deputy Gabe Sterling and former election worker Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss.
“During this hearing, what we’ll demonstrate is that President Trump and his allies drove a pressure campaign based on lies and these lies led to threats that put state and local officials and their families at risk, these lies perpetuated the public’s belief that the election was stolen, tainted by widespread fraud. And these lies also contributed to the violence on January 6,” a select committee aide said.
“We will show that the President was warned that these actions, including false claims of election fraud, pressuring state and local officials, risked violence,” the aide added, but Trump “did it anyway.”
Committee aides said that the panel will show the role Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows played in the pressure campaign led by Trump in these key states, “particularly in Georgia.” And aides shared that in addition to the live witnesses, the committee will present testimony from officials in Michigan and Pennsylvania about the Trump-led pressure campaign there.
Bowers, Raffensperger and Sterling will be part of a panel detailing the Trump campaign’s effort to force states to overturn their certified election results.
Moss is slated to appear separately on a second panel, according to the committee’s hearing notice. She was accused by Trump and others of carrying out a fake ballot scheme in Fulton County, Georgia. Moss plans to tell the committee that the false stories amplified by Trump and Rudy Giuliani accusing her of taking part in voter fraud led to her receiving death threats, according to a written version of her planned testimony provided by her attorney on Monday.
In her written remarks, Moss describes people telling her and her mother, an election temporary worker, that they should “hang … for committing treason.”
She says her son also received threats and that people went to her grandmother’s house and tried to make a “citizen’s arrest.”
Bowers, who supported Trump’s reelection bid in 2020, refused to bow to intimidation and efforts to get him to back efforts in the legislature to decertify Biden’s victory in Arizona.
Raffensperger’s profile grew after the 2020 election when he resisted Trump’s efforts to pressure him to “find” the votes necessary for the then-President to win Georgia in an infamous January 2021 phone call.
The Georgia Republican has already spoken privately with the committee about his experience in addition to testifying before a special grand jury in a criminal probe into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in the Peach State.
This story has been updated with further developments Monday.
CNN’s Manu Raju, Katelyn Polantz and Shawna Mizelle contributed to this report.
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