Jan. 6 hearing to focus on Meadows and Trump’s pressure campaign on state election officials

Tuesday’s hearing by the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol is zeroing in on Trump’s personal involvement in efforts to pressure state election officials to subvert the will of voters and to persuade lawmakers to submit false slates of electors backing him to Congress.

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Georgia Secretary of State Chief Operating Officer Gabriel Sterling, all Republicans, are testifying about the actions of Trump and those in his inner circle before the committee in its fourth hearing this month.

Bowers testified about the calls he received from Trump and conservative California lawyer John Eastman, and about a meeting with Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani in which the former New York City mayor asked him to overturn the state election results after Biden won and instead submit a slate of electors for Trump.

Bowers said Giuliani pointed out in multiple phone calls that they were both Republicans and said that Bowers had legal authority in Arizona to remove Biden electors and replace them. Giuliani asked Bowers for a committee hearing to do that, and Bowers said he didn’t have such authority.

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