Breaking News
Get Actionable Insights with InvestingPro+: Start 7 Day FREE Trial Register here
Investing Pro 0
Ad-Free Version. Upgrade your Investing.com experience. Save up to 40% More details

At Jan. 6 Capitol riot hearing, election officials tell of harassment by Trump supporters

World Jun 22, 2022 02:36AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
 
3/3 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to an audience at the "American Freedom Tour" event in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S., June 18, 2022. REUTERS/Karen Pulfer Focht/File Photo 2/3

By Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. state election officials on Tuesday recounted how supporters of Donald Trump threatened, insulted and harassed them, sometimes turning up at their homes, after they refused to help the former president overturn his 2020 election defeat.

The congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters heard how a flood of calls and emails paralyzed operations of the Arizona House of Representatives speaker's office.

"We received ... in excess of 20,000 emails and tens of thousands of voice mails and texts, which saturated our offices and we were unable to work, at least communicate," Speaker Rusty Bowers told the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee.

The committee shifted its focus on Tuesday to the Republican's pressuring of state officials as he sought to remain in the White House despite losing the November 2020 presidential election.

It was the fourth of at least six public hearings the committee is holding this month on its nearly yearlong investigation of the attack, which took place as Vice President Mike Pence met with members of Congress to formally certify Trump's defeat by Democrat Joe Biden.

The committee's seven Democrats and two Republicans have used the hearings to build their case that Trump's efforts to overturn his defeat amounted to illegal conduct, far beyond normal politics.

Much of Tuesday's testimony tied the president directly to the pressure campaign, including an effort to replace state electors with officials expected to support Trump's efforts to reverse the election outcome.

Bowers said the harassment had continued in the weeks before the Capitol riot, with demonstrations at his house, an armed man who confronted his neighbor and other threats and insults that continued even when his daughter was gravely ill. She died in January 2021.

"It was disturbing, it was disturbing," Bowers - who had campaigned for Trump in 2020 and said he had wanted him to be re-elected - testified, his voice breaking.

At a raucous rally on Jan. 6, Trump urged supporters to march on the Capitol. He had seized on that date, when Pence was to certify the election, as a last-ditch chance to hold onto the White House despite his loss at the polls.

Bowers described conversations with Trump and his close aides including his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and adviser John Eastman, who urged Bowers to reject the election results.

"You're asking me to do something against my oath and I will not break my oath," Bowers said, recounting a conversation with Giuliani.

The committee also played audio and video recordings in which close Trump associates - and the president himself - urged state officials to reject the election results.

FALSE ALLEGATIONS

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Gabriel Sterling, chief operating officer at the Georgia secretary of state's office, described false allegations Trump and his supporters made about the vote in their state, including charges that thousands of dead or under-age people had voted.

Raffensperger said the state had conducted nearly 300 investigations into the allegations and found nothing wrong. "Every single allegation we checked. We ran down the rabbit trail to make sure our numbers were accurate," he said.

The committee also heard from Wandrea ArShaye "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia state election worker who filed suit over threats - including racist threats - to herself, her mother and her grandmother, after Trump targeted her by name following Biden's win in her state in the presidential election.

"It has turned my life upside down," Moss said.

The FBI told Moss' mother, Ruby Freeman, to leave her home because of the threats.

"There is nowhere I feel safe. Nowhere. Do you know how it feels to have the president of the United States target you? The president of the United States is supposed to represent every American, not target one. But he targeted me, Lady Ruby, a small business owner, a mother, who stood up to help Fulton County run an election in the middle of the pandemic," Freeman said in videotaped testimony.

Reuters first reported the details of the ordeal Moss and Freeman endured in December, when they described threats of lynching and racial slurs, along with alarming visits by strangers to their homes.

Trump called Raffensperger on Jan. 2, 2021, telling Georgia's top election official in a recorded conversation to "find" enough votes for him to win Georgia. Raffensperger has remained a frequent target of Trump's criticism.

The secretary of state nonetheless last month held off a Trump-backed challenger, Republican House member Jody Hice, to win the Republican Party's primary as he ran for reelection.

Trump has denied wrongdoing, while repeating false accusations that he lost only because of widespread fraud that benefited Biden. Trump and his supporters - including many Republican members of Congress - dismiss the Jan. 6 panel as a political witch hunt, but the panel's backers say it is a necessary probe into a violent threat against democracy.

At Jan. 6 Capitol riot hearing, election officials tell of harassment by Trump supporters
 

Related Articles

Biden arrives in South Carolina for beach vacation
Biden arrives in South Carolina for beach vacation By Reuters - Aug 14, 2022 4

By Jarrett Renshaw KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (Reuters) - Finally over his coronavirus infection, President Joe Biden arrived in South Carolina on Wednesday to spend most of the next...

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with other users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind:  

  •            Enrich the conversation, don’t trash it.

  •           Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed. 

  •           Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically. Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user. Racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination will not be tolerated.

  • Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases. Comments that are written in all caps and contain excessive use of symbols will be removed.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and comments containing links will be removed. Phone numbers, email addresses, links to personal or business websites, Skype/Telegram/WhatsApp etc. addresses (including links to groups) will also be removed; self-promotional material or business-related solicitations or PR (ie, contact me for signals/advice etc.), and/or any other comment that contains personal contact specifcs or advertising will be removed as well. In addition, any of the above-mentioned violations may result in suspension of your account.
  • Doxxing. We do not allow any sharing of private or personal contact or other information about any individual or organization. This will result in immediate suspension of the commentor and his or her account.
  • Don’t monopolize the conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also strongly believe in giving everyone a chance to air their point of view. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at Investing.com’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
Post also to:
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
Comments (22)
WESLEY WARREN
WSQUARED Jun 22, 2022 12:16PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
nobody cares
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 22, 2022 10:48AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Heard Pence on fox news telling viewers that biden is biggest liaer in history what a whimp they should have hanged like they intended on the 6th
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 22, 2022 10:46AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Trump has lied to his voters and the american people 30 times pr. Day in 4 years of trump plaque. And he continues to lie and persuade the suckers to give him money tohis ripp off fund. What a Disgrace their are still followers
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 22, 2022 10:46AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Go to factcheckers and read it and weap
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Jun 22, 2022 10:41AM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Lock him up….
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Jun 21, 2022 8:25PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
You mean election officials such as Nancy P that would not send in the NATIONAL GUARD even though the President Trump requested it to protect the people? You need to take a look at who the real criminals are..they are not on the right. Hint hint
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 21, 2022 8:25PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
What do you make of the coordinated effort to create fraudulent electors?
Adrian White
Adrian White Jun 21, 2022 8:25PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Trumpster, Nancy Pelosi is a member of Congress, not an "election official." Get your facts straight. And Trump never lifted a finger to request the National Guard protect people during the riot. It was Pence who ended up taking action the day. Also, how do you think Pelosi could override the president's orders to send in the National Guard, even if he had ordered it? Are you saying the Speaker of the House has more power than the President? It doesn't make sense.
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Jun 21, 2022 8:25PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Adrian White  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/feb/3/trump-says-calls-national-guard-jan-6-were-ignored/
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Jun 21, 2022 8:25PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Adrian White Here's the problem blm and antifa supporter? You believe all the lies about Trump from the pfp media. Grow up go to real news sites..elbow grease for a change
John Nguyen
John Nguyen Jun 21, 2022 7:09PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
I'm so sick of dems, are they have more important to do then this sh... over and over.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 21, 2022 7:09PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Exposing un-American threats to Democracy is important.
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Jun 21, 2022 7:03PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
How many times are the liberal socialist communist of America going to lie cheat and steal on this future and past election? The world is falling apart under the F presidunt! Stop with the Smoke and Mirrors.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 21, 2022 7:03PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
What did you think of the testimony to the 1/6 committee by Republican officials that Trump and GIuliani pressured the to fraudulently change election results. Is this the kind of cheating you abhor?
Trumpster Rocks
Trumpster Rocks Jun 21, 2022 7:01PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
How So? Why don't you worry about Real news Reality of Joe and Hunter Selling out the White House for Gain? Trump is guilty of NOTHING ...stop listening to liberal nonsense and use the brain God gave your d.a.
Will Bowers
Will Bowers Jun 21, 2022 5:47PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Cangaroo court. Just like the Impeachment.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jun 21, 2022 5:47PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
What did you think of the examination of Guilliani's claims of fraud in Fulton County?
Adrian White
Adrian White Jun 21, 2022 5:47PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
Will, it's not a trial, it's a hearing. And it's not a court, it's Congress. It's a valid investigation into some serious issues perpetrated by the previous Administration, that cannot go left unchecked. Even if nothing happens to Trump and his cronies, the things he did need to be exposed so that protections can be put in place to stop this from happening again. All you Trumpanzees wouldn't be dismissing this hearing if it was a Democrat President who was being accused of trying to subvert the democratic process and illegally overturn an election. And you certainly wouldn't think it's OK for a Democrat VP to single-handedly refuse to certify the next election results, would you?
Joseph Obrzut
jzut Jun 21, 2022 5:16PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This comment has already been saved in your Saved Items
I hope the Repubs can find a canditate that can do MASA. "Make America Sane Again" .That will not be accomplished with Trump DeSantis or Abbot.
 
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
 
Post
 
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
1000
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's Investing.com's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Continue with Google
or
Sign up with Email