Panel links Trump to bogus election plan, mapping his attack on democracy


Such a challenge, however, came at a cost.

Mr. Bowers told the committee that after resisting Mr. Trump, a truck drove through his neighborhood playing a recording that declared him a pedophile. Mr Bowers, who spoke of the Constitution in reverential and spiritual terms, had tears in his eyes as he described his gravely ill daughter enduring some of the harassment outside their home. (She died last year.)

Similarly, Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, said that after he rejected Mr Trump’s request during a phone call to find the votes that would get him elected, his 40-year-old wife received ‘sexualized’ threats via text message and people broke into his daughter-in-law’s house.

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“It turned my life upside down,” said Wandrea Moss, a Georgia election worker who was implicated by name in one of Mr. Trump’s bogus voter fraud allegations, in her own moving testimony. Ms Moss, known as Shaye, added: ‘It has affected my life in a major way – in every way – all because of the lies.

And the panel pitted the four officials’ willingness to speak out against the refusal of many of Mr. Trump’s allies and others around him to tell investigators what they know. In particular, Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming and the panel’s vice chair, pointed to Pat Cipollone, Mr. Trump’s White House lawyer, who has repeatedly pushed back against his efforts to nullify the election.

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“Our committee is certain that Donald Trump does not want Mr. Cipollone to testify here,” she said. “But we think the American people deserve to hear from Mr. Cipollone personally. He is expected to appear before this committee, and we are trying to get his testimony.

The plan to enlist the help of state lawmakers to create fake voter lists appears to have started just days after the election when a pro-Trump lawyer, Cleta Mitchell, sent an email suggesting the idea to John Eastman, another lawyer close to Mr. Atout.

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