(Washington) The commission of inquiry into the attack on the Capitol on Tuesday is investigating former President Donald Trump’s pressure on local elected officials of certain major American states to overturn the results of the November 2020 poll conducted by incumbent Democrat Joe Biden.
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Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, is expected to testify about a phone call with Donald Trump in which the president asked him to “find” nearly 12,000 ballots on his behalf, enough to catch up with Joe Biden in that Republican-controlled Southern state.
The Republican billionaire repeated allegations of fraud, which he never proved and which were swept away by the courts, citing his election “stolen” as the basis for his claims.
But Brad Raffensperger didn’t give up. As a result, he was threatened like other state returning officers and received police protection.
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers is also expected to testify about the pressure exerted by the former president, his attorney Rudy Giuliani and Ginni Thomas, Republican activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to get the election results passed overthrow this conservative Southwest state.
“We’re going to show the role the president had in trying to persuade states to nominate alternative voters,” Democratic Commissioner Adam Schiff said Sunday, referring to elected officials tasked with validating voters’ votes .
In the American electoral system, these voters determine the victors in their states.
According to the commission, Donald Trump wanted to replace these big voters with fake certificates from some of his cronies.
According to Adam Schiff, for this plan to work, the mandate holders of the states concerned would have had to accept the new electoral roll. “They didn’t do it and (Donald Trump’s team) kept pushing,” he added.
For more than a year, the commission of inquiry — made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans — has heard more than 1,000 witnesses, including two of the former president’s children, to shed light on Donald Trump’s actions before, during and after the US presidential campaign Event.
She could also subpoena ex-Vice President Mike Pence to question him about the numerous pressures Donald Trump is exerting to try to prevent him from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the January 6, 2021 presidential election.
This pressure was the focus of the committee’s third hearing last Thursday.
What was basically a formality in Congress was abruptly interrupted when thousands of Donald Trump supporters, white-hot after a speech by the President, stormed the seat of American democracy, plunging the country into chaos for several hours.
“People need to take away from these hearings how involved the President was leading up to January 6, how we came at a time when so many people were attacking the Capitol because they genuinely believed the election was stolen,” Sunday said Adam Kinzinger, one of the two Republicans on the commission.
Donald Trump, who has never been defeated, attacked the commission again on Tuesday.
He denounced “political thugs who have criminalized the judiciary to an unprecedented extent in our country” on social networks.