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January 6: Electoral officials on MAGA death threats, harassment

STORY: “Do you know what it feels like when the president of the United States takes aim at you?” The committee investigating the January 6 attack turned its attention to harassment of voter workers faced by President Donald Trump and his supporters as they attempted to pressure them to overturn the elections. These include former Georgia state voter Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss and her mother, Lady Ruby Freeman, who were falsely accused, by name, of election fraud by Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani. GIULIANI: “Ruby and Shay Freeman Moss and another gentleman obviously sneak around the USB ports as if they were vials of heroin or cocaine.” ADAM SCHIFF: “Mr. Giuliani accused you and your mother of passing some kind of USB stick to each other. What was your mother actually giving you on that video?” MOSS: “A ginger mint.” The two said they were inundated with death threats from Trump supporters. MOSS: “It turned my life upside down. Oh, I don’t give my business card anymore. I don’t transfer calls. I don’t want anyone to know my name. I don’t want to go anywhere with my mom because she might scream my name in the grocery aisle or something. I don’t go to the supermarket at all. I haven’t been anywhere at all. I’ve gained about sixty pounds … “FREEMAN:” There’s nowhere I feel safe. Nowhere … “BOWERS:” I didn’t want to be used as a pawn. ” Witnesses on Tuesday included Republican election officials who rejected Trump’s efforts. Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican who campaigned for Trump, described conversations with Trump and his close associates – including Rudy Giuliani – who urged Bowers to reject the election results. BOWERS: “You’re asking me to do something against my oath and I won’t break my oath.” As a result, Bowers said there were demonstrations in his house. “They had trucks of video panels with videos of me calling myself a pedophile, a pervert and a corrupt politician. And loud speakers in my neighborhood.” Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, also a Republican, was relentlessly targeted by Trump for failing to change election results, but rejected appeals to resign. ADAM SCHIFF: “And why didn’t you just quit and walk away. Street?” RAFFENSPERGER: “Because I knew we followed the law. We followed the Constitution.” He too faced the wrath of Trump supporters. “I was getting messages all over the country. And then finally my wife started getting the message and his usually came as sexual assaults, which was disgusting. ” Much of Tuesday’s testimony tied the president directly to this pressure campaign, including an effort to replace state voters with officials who should support Trump’s efforts to reverse the election outcome. Trump denied the irregularities, while repeating false accusations that he only lost to widespread fraud. While committee members on Tuesday praised witnesses’ courage for opposing Trump, President Bennie Thompson, describing 2020 as a “close call,” warned that 2024 may be different. THOMPSON: “The lie hasn’t gone away. It’s corrupting our democratic institutions. People who believe that lie are now looking for positions of public trust. (Flash) Who’s going to make sure institutions don’t” fail under pressure? We will not have close calls. We will have a catastrophe. “

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