Trump Updates: Tuesday’s public hearing by the House committee looking into the attack on Jan. 6 will centre on a complex scheme by the late President Donald Trump and his friends to intimidate state officials into defying voters and handing him the 2020 election, according to committee members and advisers. The committee promised to demonstrate the intricate details of a plan to manipulate the electoral vote total in order to deny Joe Biden the majority required to win, building on earlier hearings.
Getting Trump supporters in crucial swing states to submit official-looking certificates saying they were the genuine electors, even if Trump had actually lost those states, was thought to be a critical component of the strategy, according to the panel.
The scheme failed when, on January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, who was in charge of the electoral vote tally, refused to acknowledge the pro-Trump slates and declared Biden the winner instead.
The pro-Trump mob that broke into the Capitol that day and ran through the corridors yelling “Hang Mike Pence” was enraged with Pence. The hearing on Tuesday, which is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET, will also highlight the human cost of Trump’s aggressive campaign to maintain power despite losing.
During their live appearance before the panel, witnesses will recount how they were persecuted and harassed for carrying out their duties and preserving Biden’s legitimacy in their respective states.
BRAD RAFFENSPERGER, THE REPUBLICAN SECRETARY OF STATE FOR GEORGIA, WHO REFUSED TO BUDGE
when Trump begged him in a taped phone call to “find” enough votes to overturn Biden’s slim victory in the state, will be one of the witnesses. Another is Arizona’s Republican House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who received a call from Trump and his ally Rudy Giuliani after the election informing him of a state legislation that would allow the Legislature to choose its slate of electors.
According to reports, Bowers rebuked them, saying, “You are giving me nothing but conjecture and asking me to break my oath and commit to doing something that I cannot do because I vowed I wouldn’t.”
Under the condition of anonymity, a committee aide told reporters on Monday that “falsehoods” regarding the election “led to threats that put state and municipal officials and their families at risk.” That Bowers and Raffensperger are Republicans who backed Trump’s re-election is no accident.
The committee has relied heavily on Republican witnesses and Trump White House staffers to present its case, demonstrating how even Trump’s loyalists reacted angrily to what they perceived as an attempt to subvert the decision of the people. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who served as the chief prosecutor in Trump’s initial impeachment trial, will preside over the session. The panel will provide proof of Trump’s involvement in the so-called “fake elector” scheme, Schiff said in a weekend interview with CNN.
“We’ll establish that the president was warned that these activities, including bogus allegations of election fraud and pressure on state and municipal officials, risked bloodshed,” the committee aide said. They ran the risk of eroding trust in our democratic institutions.
However, they persisted in believing these lies and carried on with their pressure campaign. Another hearing is scheduled for Thursday, and it will focus on how Trump urged the Justice Department to thwart widespread false voter fraud.
Trump has expressed dissatisfaction with the committee’s failure to call witnesses to testify in support of him. He stated on his social media platform, Truth Social, “I have sooo many witnesses to everything positive, but the very politicised and one-sided Unselect Committee of political hacks has not interest in hearing or seeing them. “