Takeaways from fourth day of Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot hearings

WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – The fourth day of U.S. congressional hearings on the January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump featured testimony from election officials from the states of Arizona and from Georgia.

Here are five takeaways from the fourth U.S. House of Representatives select committee during the January 6 hearings this month:

TRUMP CLAIM DISMISSED

About an hour before the hearing began, Trump in a statement attacked Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican who had supported Trump in the 2020 election. Trump lost Arizona in favor of Biden.

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Trump said in a November phone call, Bowers “told me the election was rigged and I won Arizona.”

Bowers, speaking forcefully, refuted Trump’s statement.

“I had a conversation with the president. That’s definitely not it,” Bowers told the committee. “Anyone anywhere, anytime would say I said the election was rigged, that wouldn’t be true.”

GIULIANI: THEORIES BUT NO PROOF

Bowers also recounted attempts to get state lawmakers to hold public hearings into the fraudulent vote.

Bowers said that in a meeting with officials in Phoenix after Biden was certified as the winner from Arizona, Trump’s attorney Rudolph Giuliani said, “We have a lot of theories, we don’t have everything. just not the evidence” to prove voter fraud.

A lawyer for Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“I didn’t think the evidence, in its absence, was worth hearing and I didn’t want to be used as a pawn,” Bowers said. He added: “You are asking me to do something against my oath and I will not break my oath,” he told Giuliani.

Elsewhere in the hearing, the committee played a video of Giuliani saying the Trump camp had evidence that illegal immigrants and deceased people were voting in Arizona.

Witnesses said they were never given evidence to back up these claims.

TARGET POLITICAL WORKER

Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss, a former Georgia election worker, told the committee that she was repeatedly threatened after Trump and his associates accused her of participating in an election cover-up.” stolen”.

“Lots of threats, wishing me dead, telling me I’ll be in jail with my mum… Be glad it’s 2020 and not 1920…. A lot of them (threats) were racist. A lot of them were just hateful,” Moss said.

She said Trump used her name 18 times during a call with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “I felt horrible. I felt like it was all my fault,” she said. She regretted deciding to be an election worker.

TRUMP CRIMES?

One outstanding question is whether the select committee after the hearings will recommend criminal charges against Trump for his role in the events leading up to the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

At Tuesday’s hearing, the committee expanded its case on possible criminal activity, such as conspiracy to defraud.

He featured testimony from Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, who recounted a conversation with Trump.

McDaniel said Trump primarily forwarded the call to John Eastman, an adviser to Trump, who spoke about the importance of the RNC helping the campaign rally “contingent voters” in states where Trump contested the results. . Committee members called them “fake” voter lists.

“I think more of just helping them reach them and put them together, but my understanding is that the campaign took the lead and we were just helping them in that role,” McDaniel said in describing the RNC’s role on behalf of Trump.

Representative Adam Schiff, a Democratic member of the panel, quoted federal judge David Carter as saying that Trump likely violated several federal laws, including a conspiracy to defraud the United States.

PROVIDING FAKE VOTER?

The committee showed texts from an aide to Republican Sen. Ron Johnson to an aide to then-Vice President Mike Pence saying the senator wanted to hand-deliver a fake voter certificate to Pence.

Asked for comment, Johnson’s spokeswoman Alexa Henning referred to a tweet she wrote:

“The senator was not involved in creating an alternate voters list and did not know in advance that it was going to be delivered to our office,” Henning said on Twitter.

U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Jan. 6 committee, said “pressuring officials to betray their oath was a fundamental part of the playbook” to securing Trump’s victory.

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Reporting by Richard Cowan, Patricia Zengerle, Doina Chiacu, Rose Horowitch and Karen Freifeld; Editing by Scott Malone and Cynthia Osterman

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