At its fourth meeting on Tuesday, c committee of the House of Representatives elected to investigate the Capitol attack of January 6, 2021 focused on Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 elections in the states, especially in Georgia and Arizona, and working to strengthen his latest strategy to undermine the January 6 vote count by offering alternative voter lists .
The hearing provided new details on the scope of the latest conspiracy in particular, which includes efforts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence and it was deliberately based on lies. Below are some conclusions from the hearing so far.
1) Ron Johnson’s Voter List
The lobbying efforts of Trump’s allies in Congress to keep him in power lasted until the beginning of the joint session in the Capitol on January 6. Rusty Bowers, a Republican spokesman for the Arizona House and the first witness to testify on Tuesday, said the Republican. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) lobbied him that morning to support the desertification of the state’s voters, whose votes will be counted that day.
IN # 6 January Committee presented by Jan. 6, 2021 text exchange between sen. Ron Johnson’s aide and Pence’s aide on a voter list in favor of Trump that Johnson says he wanted to hand over to the vice president. pic.twitter.com/qIY2adlYwR
– Tim Hanrahan (@TimJHanrahan) June 21, 2022
The commission has delved into how much coordination Trump’s campaign has done across multiple states and with party and government officials and members of Congress before Jan. 6 on its “alternate electoral lists” scheme.
The participants arranged for fake voters in states who wanted to run to replace the legitimate members of the Electoral College who had already voted for Biden. The idea was that when Pence gave the floor, somehow these prepared lists of fake voters would replace these legitimate electoral votes with ad hoc groups of Trump supporters who falsely identified themselves as voters for several different states.
In perhaps the greatest revelation of the day, the commission published text messages between Pence and Sen’s aides. Ron Johnson (R-WI), in which a Johnson official asked if his boss could give the vice president the documents from two groups of fake voters in the Senate. Pence’s assistant replied succinctly, “Don’t give them to him.”
Although the commission was discovered earlier that at least one member of Congress, rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) has sought pardon from Trump for his efforts to cancel the election, and the hearing provided new details on how Republican elected officials are actively supporting Trump’s efforts.
2) Giuliani admitted that there was no evidence of fraud
Trump and his top lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis and John Eastman, have repeatedly contacted Bowers, forcing him to take various steps to undo Biden’s victory in Arizona and instead declare Trump the winner.
Bowers testified that despite his constant requests for evidence of voter fraud from Trump’s campaign, they never provided such evidence. The Trump team sees Bowers’ support as necessary for the cancellation of the election there, because any effort to replace the state’s legitimate voters will require a vote by the state legislature.
That culminated when Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, admitted to Bowers: “We have a lot of theories. We just don’t have any evidence. “
3) The tax from going out against Trump
Bowers gave emotional testimony Tuesday, especially when it came to the reasons why he refused to join repeated requests from Trump and his lawyers to support their efforts to cancel the election. Bowers, a Mormon, cites his faith several times as a reason for refusing to agree to Trump’s plot.
“This is a principle of my belief that the Constitution is divinely inspired, one of my most fundamental beliefs. He added that taking actions contrary to the Constitution was “alien to my very being.”
Bowers said he was the subject of an ongoing campaign of harassment as a result of his refusal to join. He testified that there were weekly protests in his house, which included video trucks driving with his label “pedophile, pervert” [and] a corrupt politician. “
Bowers was one of three Republican officials who testified before the commission in the first panel, along with Brad Rafensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, and his aide, Gabriel Sterling.
The only witness in the second panel was Shay Moss, a Georgia election official who faced numerous threats over Trump’s conspiracy theory about counting ballots in the state.