Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives Rusty Bowers, Secretary of State of Georgia Brad Ruffensperger and Chief of Staff Gabriel Sterling at House Hearing, June 21, 2022   ; Officials from Georgia and Arizona spoke about threats from Trump supportersSeveral state officials spoke Tuesday about how they were threatened, abused and harassed by Donald Trump supporters, sometimes appearing at their homes after they refused to help the former president reverse the results of the 2020 election.
Congressional Committee , investigating the attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, found that a flood of calls and emails paralyzed the office of the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives.
“We received over 20,000 emails and tens of thousands of voice and text messages that overwhelmed our office, and we could not work, at least respond to inquiries,” Arizona top legislature speaker Rusty Bowers said, speaking at the hearing. by a House Select Committee today.
Most of the witnesses who testified Tuesday directly linked the ex-president to the pressure campaign, including an attempt to replace the state's electors with officials who were expected to support Trump's attempts to change the election results.
Bowers said that he began to be persecuted in the weeks before the storming of the Capitol: there were demonstrations near his house, and he himself received threats and insults that continued even when his daughter became seriously ill. She died in January 2021.
Bowers described conversations with Trump and his closest aides, including personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and adviser John Eastman, who urged Bowers not to confirm the election results.
“ You ask me to do this against my oath, and I will not break my oath,” Bowers said, recalling a conversation with Giuliani.
The committee also played audio and video recordings of Trump's close associates and the president himself urging state officials not to confirm the election results.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Ruffensperger and Gabriel Sterling, head of the Georgia Secretary's office, spoke about the false claims Trump and his supporters about voting in their state, including accusations that thousands of dead or underage voters voted for Biden.
Raffensperger said authorities have conducted about 300 investigations into such allegations and found no wrongdoing.
The Committee also heard Vandrea ArShay “Shay” Moss, a former Georgia Elections Commissioner who filed a lawsuit over threats, including racist ones, against herself, her mother, and grandmother after Trump called her name after Biden won the presidential election, alleging that Moss was involved in fraud.
FBI agents ordered Moss's mother, Ruby Freeman, to leave her own house because of threats.