Donald Trump: State officials tell Capitol riot committee of abuse, threats from former president’s supporters as he battles US election ‘fraud’ | American News



State officials described how Donald Trump pressured them to overturn US election results and said they received a torrent of abuse and threats from his supporters.

The testimony came during a session of the congressional committee investigating the Capitol riots in January 2021.

Rusty Bowers, speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, said his office was “saturated” with tens of thousands of emails, voicemails and text messages from supporters of Mr Trump after his baseless claims about electoral fraud.

He described “disturbing” harassment, including an online smear campaign and a man with a gun taunting his family and neighbors.

Mr Bowers, a Republican, recalled conversations with Mr Trump, his adviser John Eastman and lawyer Rudy Giuliani as they urged him to reject the Arizona election result so he could cling to the power.

He said Mr Trump called him after church on a Sunday and asked the state to replace its voters with those who favored him rather than the real winner, Joe Biden.

“I said, look, you’re asking me to do something that’s against my oath,” Mr Bowers said.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump, including Jacob Chansley, upright in a fur hat, are confronted by United States Capitol Police officers outside the courtroom Senate inside the Capitol in Washington.  More than 800 people across the United States were charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that left officers bloodied and sent lawmakers in fear, and federal authorities continue to make new arrests virtually every week.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in 2021 in scenes that shocked America
Rusty Bowers is the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives

He said the ex-president also asked him to hold a hearing at the state Capitol – which he declined – and claimed Mr Giuliani told him: ‘We have a lot of theories [on election fraud]we just don’t have the evidence.”

Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his deputy Gabe Sterling also testified.

Mr Raffensperger said Mr Trump called and asked him to “find 11,780” votes so he could keep the Republican state and block Joe Biden from the White House.

An audio played that reveals Mr Trump repeatedly cited his fraud allegations and suggested a ‘criminal offence’ if Georgia did not change its result.

The state scored three times before confirming Mr Biden’s narrow victory.

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Trump’s appeal as he tries to overturn Georgia’s vote

Sexualized texts and racist threats

Mr Raffensperger said his phone number was leaked, resulting in countless text messages from Trump supporters urging him to quit, while his wife received “sexualised texts”.

A burglary at his daughter-in-law’s home also left him “very worried”.

The ex-president defended himself on social media and called the phone call “perfect”.

Former Georgia election worker Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss also spoke about the threats she received after Mr. Trump used her name 18 times during a call with Mr. Raffensperger.

She said she was afraid to say her own name and “felt horrible… like it was all my fault”.

Ms Moss testified: “Lots of threats, wishing me dead, telling me I’ll be in jail with my mum… Be glad it’s 2020 and not 1920… Many of them [the threats] were racist. A lot of them were just hateful.”

She said her son had also “heard horrible things about his mother, just because I did my job”.

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Wandrea ‘Shaye’ Moss (middle) and her mother (right)

Mr Trump’s claims that the election was ‘stolen’ culminated in the notorious US Capitol riots, where his supporters stormed the heart of US democracy in an attempt to prevent Joe’s election victory Biden to be certified.

Tuesday’s hearing was the fourth this month to consider the incident, which has been compared by some to an attempted coup.

The seven Democrats and two Republicans on the committee believe Mr. Trump’s efforts were illegal and beyond normal political intrigue.

He denied wrongdoing, repeated his allegations of voter fraud – again without any evidence.


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