WASHINGTON — Georgia was once again at the center of the investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection.
The bipartisan Jan. 6 House committee questioned Georgia state leaders during a nationally-televised public hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, his aide and a Fulton County election worker testified before the House select committee about the pressure they felt from President Donald Trump, the White House and Trump’s supporters.
A Channel 2 Action News investigation into the election was also featured prominently in Tuesday’s committee hearing.
Channel 2 political reporter Richard Elliot flew to Washington, D.C., for the hearing and spoke exclusively with Raffensperger after his testimony Tuesday.
Raffensperger, Gabe Sterling and Shaye Moss testified about the intense pressure they say was put on them.
Raffensperger in particular came under pressure from Trump during the now-infamous 67-minute phone call.
Raffensperger told the committee members about the pressure they were all under, not just from the White House, but from death threats by those wanting him to overturn the election.
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“I wanted to let people know in my calm voice what happened in Georgia,” Raffensperger told Elliot. “I wanted everyone to know that every single allegation we checked out, we ran the full run to make sure that we could certify that race with a high degree of confidence.”
The committee especially wanted to know more about Trump’s phone call with Raffensperger and how Trump seemed to imply Raffensperger could face legal jeopardy if he didn’t find more votes.
“So look, all I want to do is just, I want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state,” Trump said during the call.
The committee also focused on the fake electors meeting held at the Georgia State Capitol and Rudy Giuliani’s testimony before a Georgia State Senate committee.
Raffensperger told Elliot his entire office just wanted to make sure they followed the law.
“We swear an oath to it. It’s very important and if everyone just does their job and just let the chips fall where they may, but that’s just our job -- to do our job,” Raffensperger said.
Channel 2 Action News was featured prominently in the committee hearing, including when Raffensperger told Trump on that phone call that he’d be happy to send him the link to one of our investigations.
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