Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffinsburg will be in focus when the Jan. 6 committee hearings resume Tuesday morning.
Ravensberg and his deputy Gabe Sterling will be key witnesses on Tuesday as a House committee investigates the Jan. 6, 2021, unrest.
Rafensberg had previously spoken privately to the committee over a now-infamous call with former President Donald Trump, in which Rafensberg dismissed Trump’s request that he “find” enough votes to Overturning Biden’s victory in the state — which was made in a call that was recorded days before the Jan. 6 attack.
During the call, Trump repeatedly cited refuted fraud allegations and threatened a “criminal offense” if Georgia officials didn’t change the count. The state had already counted 3 votes before confirming Biden’s victory by 11,779 votes.
Tuesday’s hearing will focus on how the former president and his allies pressured officials in key battleground states to plan to reject the ballot or a statewide count to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
In addition, an adviser to the select committee said the panel will highlight how Trump knew his relentless campaign of pressure could lead to violence against state and local officials and their families, but would hunt them down anyway.
Ravensberg COO Sterling is also expected to testify on Tuesday.
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Sterling emerged as a key figure in the lengthy tally and recount following Georgia’s election, with his regular updates often broadcast live to a divided country. At one point, the soft-spoken Republican implored Americans to moderate the fiery rhetoric.
“Death threats, physical threats, intimidation — it’s too much, it’s not right,” said Sterling, a Republican.
Also testifying Tuesday was Wandrea “Shay” Moss, one of two Georgia poll workers who filed a defamation lawsuit against a conservative website in December 2020. Moss claims an American news network falsely spread allegations that she and her mother committed voter fraud during the election.
The lawsuit, which was settled in April, also listed Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani as a supporter of the baseless allegation, which the mother and daughter say has led to in-person and online intense harassment.
The select committee also plans to unveil on Tuesday an elaborate “wrong voter” program designed to prevent a Biden victory. The plan had fake voters in seven battleground states — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico — sign up falsely indicating that Trump, not Biden, won their states certificate.
Ravensberg’s public testimony comes just weeks after he appeared before a special grand jury in Georgia investigating whether Trump and others illegally attempted to interfere in the 2020 state election.
In retaliation for Ravensberg’s refusal to support his election lie, Trump recruited a key challenger to remove him from office. But Rafensberg narrowly thwarted the threat in last month’s primary, allowing him to run against Democrats in the general election.