WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – High-ranking representatives of governments and parliaments in US states reported how they felt after the presidential election in 2020 by the then-in-office and loser in the elections Donald Trump they were under pressure. Several witnesses – both live in the meeting and in videos from previous interviews – explained on Tuesday how Trump and his team urged them to take action in their states against election defeat and then reverse the result. Several republicans have spoken of threats, abuses, and harassment from supporters of their party colleague Trump.
The former president claims to this day without any evidence that he was deceived from winning the 2020 elections. For weeks he tried to use the most dubious methods to then overturn his democratic challenger Joe Biden’s election victory. During this time, his camp also collapsed and he brought dozens of lawsuits against the election results. The resistance to the election results ended with an attack on the Capitol, which is being investigated by an investigative commission.
On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters brutally attacked the Washington House of Parliament. Congress met there to testify to Biden’s electoral victory. Five people died as a result of the riots. Trump recently incited his supporters at a rally that his electoral victory had been stolen. He then had to face an impeachment procedure which resulted in his acquittal.
At the meeting of the investigative commission on Tuesday, Republican Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state responsible for organizing the elections in Georgia, testified. Georgia was one of the states to tip the vote in Biden’s favor. In a telephone interview at the time, Trump openly asked Raffensperger to collect enough votes for his electoral success in Georgia. The recording of the conversation was then transferred to the media. Among other things, we heard Trump say, “I just want to find 11,780 votes.”
During Tuesday’s hearing, various recordings of the infamous 67-minute telephone conversation were played, in which Raffensperger repeatedly denied the president. Raffensperger said at the meeting that Biden won the Georgian elections by around 12,000 votes. A few repetitions led to the same result. “Numbers are numbers and numbers don’t lie,” said Raffensperger. “There were no votes.” The counting was correct. There were many allegations at the time, “and we investigated each one.” Raffensperger said he and his wife have received threats after refusing to comply with Trump’s request. It was all very disturbing.
Arizona Republican President of the House of Representatives Russell Bowers told a similar story. A former Trump supporter described how his team approached him at the time with allegations of electoral fraud in Arizona. However, no one on the Trump team has ever presented him with any evidence of this. Bowers explained how Trump and his team pushed him to initiate a lawsuit in his state’s House of Representatives to then address Trump’s election defeat in Arizona. But it would be against the law and against his oath, Bowers said. And he has personally made it clear to Trump on several occasions that he will not do anything illegal for him.
Bowers said that after he refused to give in to pressure, protesters marched weekly outside his house, calling him a pedophile, pervert and corrupt, threatening and intimidating his entire neighborhood.
In transcripts of previously recorded interrogations of witnesses, other government officials reported similar experiences.
Democratic committee chairman Bennie Thompson said: “The relentless, destructive campaign to put pressure on government and local officials was based on a lie.” Trump knew this, and he did it anyway. Thompson warned, “That lie has not gone away.” It was only at the weekend that the Republican Party in the US state of Texas declared that it would not recognize the results of the presidential election in 2020/jac/DP/mis