US election officials have told how they were threatened with violence and crowds gathered at their homes after they refused to help reverse Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat.
In moving testimony to the congressional committee investigating the US Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, officials described how they upheld their oaths to the Constitution.
Two black election workers also recounted how their lives were ruined, they suffered racist abuse, received death threats and had to leave their homes because they were “targeted by the president”.
Rusty Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, said intense pressure had been brought to bear on him by Mr Trump and Rudy Giuliani to reverse his state’s results.
He said it led to protests at his home where a group including a gunman stormed outside even as his daughter was critically ill.
His voice cracking, Mr Bowers, who had campaigned for Mr Trump, said: ‘That was disturbing, that was disturbing.’
Mr Bowers said he told Mr Giuliani: ‘You are asking me to do something against my oath, and I will not break my oath.’
The official testified that his office was “saturated” with 20,000 emails and tens of thousands of voicemails.