Georgia Secretary of State to testify before Jan. 6 panel
Embattled Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is set to testify on Tuesday before the House committee probing the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, The Associated Press reported Monday.
Raffensperger, along with his deputy Gabe Sterling and Arizona’s Rusty Bowers, are scheduled to be the key witnesses in Tuesday’s hearing. The focus will be on how former President Donald Trump and his allies vigorously pressured officials in key battleground states with schemes to reject ballots or entire state tallies to upend the results of the 2020 presidential election.
In a recording published by the Washington Post just days before the Capitol incident, Trump was heard pressuring Raffensperger to “recalculate” the vote count in his state, because, as he says, “I just want to find 11,780 votes.”
During the phone call, Trump tells Raffensperger that, “There’s no way I lost Georgia. There’s no way! We won by hundreds of thousands of votes,” to which Raffensperger responds, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, that the data you have is wrong.”