Capitol attack: Trump’s pressure on officials to “distort” election results “in the light”


Trump’s allegations of Arizona victory were “false,” Rasti Bowers, chairman of the state House of Representatives, told a committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.

Pressure, intimidation, threats… The leader of the Republican MPs in Arizona was mentioned yesterday, Tuesday, during his testimony before the committee of inquiry of the House of Representatives for attack on the Capitolin the methods used by Donald Trump and his lawyers to persuade him to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in this state, in which he won Joe Biden.

The Republican billionaire justified his request by explaining that he was convinced that his “election” was “stolen”, reiterating his allegations of fraud, for which he never gave evidence and which have been rejected by courts.

Trump’s claims for Arizona victory were “fake,” Rasti Bowers, chairman of the state House of Representatives, told a committee investigating the attack. January 6, 2021 at the Capitol.

Bowers also described as “false” the allegations made by Rudy Giuliani, the lawyer for the former US president, who said that “hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants and thousands of dead people voted for Biden”.

Bower stressed that he “never” saw evidence of these allegations.

“Tragic parody”

After refusing to convene the local parliament to cancel the vote and replace the electorate, he received “more than 20,000 emails and tens of thousands of phone calls and messages.” Protesters, often threatening, also gathered in front of his house to insult him, he said, testifying in committee with tears in his eyes.

«I just thought it was a tragic parody“, Commented Bowers who voted for Trump in 2016 and supported him in the 2020 elections.

For his part, Georgia’s interior minister, Brad Rafensperger, told the commission of inquiry that he had received a phone call from Trump asking the former president to “find” nearly 12,000 votes in his favor, enough to defeat him. Biden in this Republican-controlled southern state.

«I just need to find 11,780 votes. I need 11,000 votes, help me“, he said the former president to Georgia’s interior minister.

“We did not find any votes”

In this case, too, Trump spoke of fraud. In the audio document presented to the investigative committee, he is heard saying to Rafensperger: “I think you will find that they tear up ballots because they want to get rid of them“, While adding:”The ballot papers are corrupted».

Rafensperger did not succumb to pressure. “All I knew was that there were no ballots to find. “Ballots were not torn.”

Apart from Rafensperger, the target of threats also became Sei Mossa member of its electoral commission Atlanta who participated in the vote count together with her mother.

Trump accused them of being “Professional anarchists”.

«It changed my life“, Moss commented yesterday, submitting to the investigation committee, explaining that she received racist messages and threats to her life.


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