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Trump had ‘direct and private role’ in pushing states to overturn Biden win, Jan. 6 panel says


The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on Tuesday is ready to indicate how former President Donald Trump leaned on state officials to assist overturn his loss within the 2020 election.

The committee’s fourth public hearing, slated to start out at 1 p.m. ET, will concentrate on how that pressure campaign by Trump and his allies played out in Arizona and Georgia, two swing states that were key to President Joe Biden’s victory in 2020.

The hearing will detail how Trump “corruptly pressured state legislators and election officials to vary election results,” Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said earlier this month. Committee aides said the hearing can even delve into an “unprecedented scheme” by the Trump campaign to submit false alternate slates of electors.

The panel will hear in-person testimony from 4 state officials who were targeted as a part of those efforts. They’re: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — whom Trump pressured to “find” votes in a leaked phone call — and his chief operating officer, Gabriel Sterling; Republican Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers; and Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss, a former Georgia election employee who was targeted with death threats and harassment after being accused of fraud.

Tuesday’s presentation will probably be led by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., one among the nine members of the select panel and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who’s an everyday goal of Trump’s ire.

(The hearing is scheduled to start out at 1 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if the video above is not playing by then.)

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