J6 Committee Hearings Highlights
Raffensberger, Sterling, Bowers, Hutchinson, Johnson and fake ballots, Freeman, Moss
I know…I know. What the heck is EuroFile doing in the States?
The J6 Committee Hearings mark a moment of accountability for the American public, and we’re all hoping that they will lead to legal action. I also believe it’s important for European citizens to see American democracy in action. Our politicians, at least in Italy, are never held accountable in this way. Chapeau!
Let’s hop over to coverage of the January 6th Hearings.
“We cannot let America become a nation of conspiracy theories and thug violence.”
The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has begun its fourth hearing, focusing on Trump’s efforts to convince state officials to swing the results of the 2020 election in his favor.
Among those testifying today will be:
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who last month fended off a Trump-backed attempt to oust him from office.
Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager during the 2020 election who is now Raffensperger’s top deputy and vocally condemned Trump’s baseless claims about the integrity of his state’s election.
Rusty Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona House.
Georgia Secretary of State Raffensberger
"The ballots had all been accepted. They had to be accepted, by state law, by 7 PM." - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger refutes Trump's false claims that late night ballots had been dropped off in Georgia polling locations.
WaPo, Here’s the full transcript and audio of the call between Trump and Raffensperger
About 3 p.m. Saturday, President Trump held an hour-long call with Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, in which he repeatedly urged him to alter the outcome of the presidential vote in the state. He was joined on the call by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and several lawyers, including longtime conservative attorney Cleta Mitchell and Georgia-based attorney Kurt Hilbert.
Ron Johnson response to Raffensberger’s accusations
The January 6 Committee revealed text messages showing Ron Johnson (R-WI) staff texting Mike Pence staff on January 6 saying that Johnson was going to hand deliver fake elector votes to Pence from Wisconsin and Michigan. Pence staffer: “Do not give that to him.”
Alexa Henning, Johnson spokeswoman: “The senator had no involvement in the creation of an alternate slate of electors and had no foreknowledge that it was going to be delivered to our office. This was a staff to staff exchange. His new Chief of Staff contacted the Vice President’s office.”
Gabriel Sterling- deputy to Raffensberger
Gabriel Sterling testifies that he even had to argue with members of his own family members that his office didn't utilize "suitcases full off ballots" to steal the election from Donald Trump (who he voted for and who he wanted to win.)
“I lost my temper,” Sterling said. “But it seemed necessary at the time, because it was just getting worse.” He also noted that he’s not aware of any request from Trump to his supporters not to use violence.
Cassidy Hutchinson, who was Mark Meadows's assistant, testifies to Jan 6th Committee under oath, that Giuliani & Eastman spoke with Meadows about fake electors scheme - and Meadows was told it is illegal.
Committee reveals a Nov. 10 memo where Kenneth Chesebro urged using fake electors ... and some big new names testifying now. RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel and Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson. She said she recalls members of Congress being part of this.
Hutchinson also told the panel that she saw Meadows incinerate documents after a meeting in his office with Rep. Scott Perry. (Call the cops!)
Arizona House speaker: 'I will not break my oath'
Rusty Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives is now testifying. He’s detailing a phone call from Trump and Giuliani following the 2020 election in which he was pressured to act to change the state’s vote in the electoral college from Biden to Trump.
We have no legal pathway, both in state law nor to my knowledge in federal law for us to execute such a request.
We received, my secretaries would say, in excess of 20,000 emails, tens of 1000s of voicemails and texts which saturated our offices and we are unable to work.
They have had video panel trucks with videos of me, proclaiming me to be a pedophile and a pervert and a corrupt politician and blaring loudspeakers in my neighborhood, and leaving literature, both on my property and arguing and threatening with neighbors, and with myself.
The testimony by Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss was the emotional climax of the January 6 committee’s fourth hearing, as they detailed how being personally attacked by Trump ruined their lives. Their experience is unfortunately not unique.
The committee also showed Trump attacking Freeman as a “vote scammer” in a call with the Georgia secretary of state. Moss and Freeman are ending their testimony with the latter describing how it feels to be personally attacked by the president.
Moss had described just how intense the attacks from Trump supporters against them became. People would repeatedly make large pizza orders to Freeman’s home, sending delivery drivers to her door. In one instance, Moss said, strangers turned up at Freeman’s home and tried to force their way in to attempt a “citizens arrest” of her. Around January 6, Freeman was advised by the FBI to leave her home for her safety.
Lady Ruby Freeman
Lady Ruby: “The President of the United States is supposed to represent every American, not to target one. But he targeted me.”
Peter Stone, Pressure mounts on ex-DoJ official Jeff Clark over Trump’s ‘election subversion scheme’
Jeffrey Clark, a former top environmental lawyer at the Trump justice department accused of plotting with Trump to undermine the 2020 election results in Georgia and other states, is facing ethics investigations in Washington that could lead to possible disbarment, as well as a watchdog inquiry that might result in a criminal referral.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, The Big Lie: One of the Most Successful Propaganda Operations in US History
"If all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth," wrote George Orwell in his dystopian novel 1984.
This quote came to mind when I read that the Texas GOP wrote the Big Lie into its party platform by approving a measure at its June convention that claims President Joe Biden "was not legitimately elected."
I’m signing off…cheerie oh!