Ex-GA election worker says life turned upside down by false Trump claims


WASHINGTON – Tuesday’s House hearings on the Capitol attack Jan. 6, 2021, focused on the pressure former President Donald Trump applied to state officials to overturn 2020 election results, including Trump’s infamous call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Here’s what happened today

  •  Who testified: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the office’s chief operating officer Gabe SterlingArizona GOP House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Shaye Moss, a former election registration officer in Fulton County, Georgia.
  • Trump’s pressure campaign: Tuesday’s hearing will include recordings of phone calls Trump made to state officials. When he made those calls, he already knew allegations of a stolen election were “nonsense,” Rep. Liz Cheney said.

  • ‘Dangerous and escalating campaign of pressure’: Trump’s efforts to pressure officials to stop the electoral vote count “targeted every tier of federal and state elected officials,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said at the hearing’s start. “Anyone who got in the way of Donald Trump’s continued hold on power after he lost the election was the subject of a dangerous and escalating campaign of pressure.”

  • Bowers denies calling election rigged: Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Republican, disputed the recounting of a conversation he was said to have had with Trump in November 2020 about the election being rigged against him. “Anywhere, anyone, anytime has said that I said the election was rigged. That would not be true,” Bowers said.

  • No evidence: In questioning from Schiff, Bowers recalled Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani talking about election fraud: “We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.” Bowers added, “I don’t know if that was a gaffe or maybe he didn’t think through what he said.”

  • Pressure continues: Bowers said U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. and chair of the conservative Freedom Caucus, asked “if I would sign on both to a letter that had been sent from my state and or that I would support the decertification of the electors.” Bowers replied, “I said I would not.”

  • Fake electors scheme in Michigan: The committee learned through testimony that Michigan Republican fake electors planned to hide overnight in the Michigan Capitol so they could cast their votes in the statehouse chambers the next day.

  • Debunking Georgia election conspiracy: Gabriel Sterling, of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, told the committee that a video showing normal ballot counting at State Farm Arena in Atlanta was turned into a right-wing conspiracy theory that alleged election fraud in Georgia.

  • No ‘suitcase of ballots’: Senior Justice Department officials repeatedly told Trump that allegations about fraud in Georgia were false. Deputy Attorney General Richard Donahue recalled in testimony how he told Trump in a phone call that what was described as a suitcase under a table was a wheeled bin that carries ballots.

  • Investigating voter fraud allegations: Raffensperger said every allegation of voter fraud was checked and said there was no way he could have lawfully changed the state’s election result. “No, the numbers are the numbers. The numbers don’t lie.”

  • Facing down threats: Raffensperger said some of Trump’s followers “started going after” his wife and others broke into his daughter-in-law’s home. Nonetheless, he didn’t quit his job, “because I knew that we did follow the law, we followed the Constitution. I think sometimes moments require you to stand up and just take the shots. You’re doing your job. That’s all we did.”

  • Threats against election workers: Moss, an election worker in Fulton County, Georgia, became a target of false allegations and threats by former President Trump and others. On Facebook, she received threats, including racist ones. “A lot of them are just hateful,” she said.

  • Disinformation upends election worker’s life: Asked by Schiff how the experience of being “targeted by the former president and his allies” has affected her life, Moss said, “It has turned my life upside down.” She said she doesn’t go “anywhere at all.”

  • ‘Nowhere I feel safe’: Ruby Freeman, a former election worker and mother to election worker Wandrea ArShaye Moss, also received threats and left her home for two months on the FBI’s advice. “There is nowhere I feel safe,” Freeman said. “Nowhere.”

  • Pleading the Fifth: To date, 30 witnesses to the Jan. 6 committee have invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, Cheney said in her closing statement.

  • Next session: The Jan. 6 committee will reconvene at 3 p.m. Thursday for its fifth hearing.

What evidence does the Jan. 6 committee have?:Is the Jan. 6 committee sitting on explosive evidence of Trump’s role in the Capitol assault?

Rusty Bowers, Arizona state House speaker, Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State, and Gabe Sterling, Georgia Secretary of State chief operating officer are sworn in before testifying before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday.

Mother and daughter deliver emotional testimony

Moss was visibly emotional and looked nervous to be testifying in front of the national audience as photographers took her photo during her remarks, bouncing her leg and wringing her hands beneath the table. 

Freeman sat behind her daughter as she testified, dabbing her eyes with a tissue while video of her own prerecorded testimony played. 

— Dylan Wells

‘Do you know it feels to have the president of the United States target you,’ witness says

Freeman says she no longer feels safe

In an impassioned plea, the Fulton County small business owner and 2020 election worker told the committee how unsafe she felt after being targeted by Trump and Giuliani.  

“There is nowhere I feel safe,” Freeman said. “Nowhere.

“Do you know it feels to have the president of the United States target you?” she asked. “The president of the United States is supposed to represent every American, not to target one. But he targeted me, Lady Ruby — a small business owner, a mother, a proud American citizen, who stood up to help Fulton County run an election in the middle of the pandemic.”

– Erin Mansfield

FBI warns Georgia election worker to leave home 

The FBI told Freeman she was not safe in her home ahead of Jan. 6.

Freeman left and stayed away from her home for two months. 

“It was horrible. I felt homeless,” she said. “I can’t believe this person has caused this much damage to me and my family to have to leave my home that I’ve lived there for 21 years.”

– Rachel Looker

Georgia elections worker: ‘I’ve lost my reputation’

Freeman, an elections worker in Georgia, described the emotional toll she endured after Trump and his supporters falsely accused her of rigging the election.





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