Trump nemesis Raffensperger takes stage next in Democrat-led Jan. 6 televised hearings

During the panel's fourth public hearing, members will focus on local election officials.

Published: June 21, 2022 7:25am

Updated: June 21, 2022 8:12am

The Democrat-led House Jan. 6 committee will on Tuesday hear from election workers and local election officials purportedly pressured to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential elections – among them Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Raffensperger, a Republican, is the most well known of the witnesses, after being publicly scorned by former President Trump for what he considered Raffensperger not doing enough to investigate alleged voting fraud that the president believes occurred in the state, in part costing him reelection.

As the committee hearing resume this week, members will focus on efforts made by parts of the Trump apparatus to pressure local election officials in battleground states to inspect and reject some ballots, or to submit alternative electors for the final congressional tally. 

The televised hearings started early this month. Tuesday's is the fourth thus far.

Raffensperger and his deputy, Gabe Sterling, will testify about the infamous phone call during which Trump asked the Georgia election official to "find 11,780" votes in the state that would change the outcome of the election.

Sterling delivered regular updates to a public audience as the Georgia ballot recount continued. He warned Americans not to allow their rhetoric around the election to become so heated as to provoke or inspire violence or extremism. 

The hearing Tuesday is scheduled to be largely led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who will focus on the role then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows played in post-election discussion with officials in Georgia.

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