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Jan. 6 Hearing Will Highlight Trump’s Pressure Campaign on State Officials


WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Tuesday plans to detail President Donald J. Trump’s personal involvement in a pressure campaign on state officials to subvert the need of the voters in addition to an audacious scheme to recommend false slates of electors in seven states to maintain him in power.

At its fourth hearing this month, scheduled for 1 p.m., the committee will seek to show what has been a repeated point of emphasis for the panel: that Mr. Trump knew — or must have known — that his lies a couple of stolen election, and the plans he pursued to remain in office, were unsuitable, but that he pushed ahead with them anyway.

The committee also plans to focus on, in potentially emotional testimony, the vitriol and the death threats that election employees endured due to Mr. Trump’s lies.

“We are going to show evidence of the president’s involvement on this scheme,” Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and a member of the panel, said on CNN. “We may also again show evidence about what his own lawyers got here to take into consideration this scheme. And we are going to show courageous state officials who stood up and said they wouldn’t associate with this plan to either call legislatures back into session or decertify the outcomes for Joe Biden.”

Mr. Schiff, who will play a key role in Tuesday’s hearing, told The Los Angeles Times that the panel would release latest information in regards to the deep involvement of Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s final chief of staff. Amongst that evidence, Mr. Schiff said, will likely be text messages revealing that Mr. Meadows desired to send autographed “Make America Great Again” hats to people conducting an audit of the Georgia election.

The hearing’s first witness will likely be Rusty Bowers, a Republican who’s the speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives. Mr. Bowers withstood pressure to overturn his state’s election from Mr. Trump; Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer; and even Virginia Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas.

Mr. Bowers will describe the pressure campaign by Mr. Trump and his allies, in accordance with a committee aide. He may also describe the harassment he endured before and after Jan. 6, and its impact on his family, the aide said.

The panel will then hear evidence from Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, and Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer for the secretary of state’s office, who were pressed to overturn their state’s election results. In a phone call, Mr. Trump pushed Mr. Raffensperger to “find” him enough votes to place the state in his column and vaguely threatened him with “a criminal offense.”

Finally, the committee will hear from Shaye Moss, a Georgia election employee who was the goal of a right-wing smear campaign.

Ms. Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, each of whom processed ballots in Atlanta throughout the 2020 election for the Fulton County elections board, filed a suit against the right-wing conspiratorial website The Gateway Pundit, which published dozens of false stories about them. The stories described the 2 women as “crooked Democrats” and claimed that they “pulled out suitcases stuffed with ballots and started counting those ballots without election monitors within the room.”

Investigations conducted by the Georgia secretary of state’s office found no wrongdoing by the 2 women.

The pressure campaign on state officials got here because the Trump campaign was organizing false slates of electors in seven swing states won by Joseph R. Biden Jr. The committee and federal prosecutors have been investigating how those slates were utilized by Mr. Trump’s allies in an try to disrupt the traditional workings of Congress’s certification of the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6.

The fourth hearing comes because the committee continues to construct its case against Mr. Trump, laying out evidence of how he spread lies in regards to the election results, then raised lots of of hundreds of thousands of dollars off those lies, and the way he tried to remain in office by pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to reject legitimate electoral votes.

The committee is constant to assemble evidence because it holds its hearings. The panel recently sent a letter to Ms. Thomas, who goes by the nickname of Ginni, asking to interview her about her communications with John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who advised Mr. Trump on easy methods to overturn the election, and later unsuccessfully sought a pardon.

“We imagine you might have information concerning John Eastman’s plans and activities relevant to our investigation,” the panel wrote to Ms. Thomas in a letter obtained by The Latest York Times.

Because the committee explores how Mr. Trump’s lies sparked death threats against election employees, one member of the panel revealed on Sunday a few of the vitriol he had endured. The lawmaker, Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, posted to Twitter a letter that threatened the murder of his family.

“This threat that got here in, it was mailed to my house,” Mr. Kinzinger said on ABC’s “This Week.” He added: “We got it a few days ago and it threatens to execute me, in addition to my wife and 5-month-old child. We’ve never seen or had anything like that.”

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