Former United States President Donald Trump (2017-2021) intimidated election officials and workers in several states to change the result of the 2020 election, in which Democrat Joe Biden won, according to the legislative committee investigating the assault on the Capitol.

Several state officials testified before the committee on Tuesday, and assured that they received death threats from supporters of Trump, who publicly singled them out for not wanting to alter the results of the November 2020 presidential election.

One of the witnesses was the Secretary of State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, whom Trump demanded that he find enough votes to overturn the result of the elections in that state, alleging without evidence that the Democrats had committed fraud.

Raffensperger claimed that his team investigated "all allegations" of electoral fraud carried out by Trump and which concluded that no crime had occurred.

Asked by Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff about whether Trump’s claims that Georgia had 5,000 votes of people who had died had been investigated, Raffensperger replied that "in fact, in their complaints they alleged 10,315 deaths".

"We found two deceased when I wrote my letter to Congress, dated January 6 -he recalled-, and immediately afterwards we found two more, that is one, two, three, four people, not 4,000, only a total of 4, they are not not 5,000, not 10,000".

Raffensperger added that the numbers "they don’t lie" and that they reviewed all electoral data following allegations by Trump and his then-personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, that some 66,000 underage voters voted in the 2020 election.

"We found that there was zero" underage voters, the Georgia secretary of state noted.

For not following the dictates of Trump and Giuliani, Raffensperger became the target of the then-president’s wrath, who hinted that the state official could be criminally liable for rejecting his accusations, without evidence, of electoral fraud.

The Georgian Secretary of State explained that his wife received sexual threats and that his own mobile number and email address were published on the internet, which led to him also receiving threats.

For his part, Gabriel Sterling, the person in charge of implementing the voting system in the 2020 elections in Georgia, explained how electoral workers were threatened after those elections.


Sterling told the committee that he was very upset when he discovered that a contractor working for Dominion Systems, the company that makes the vote-counting machines, was receiving death threats from followers of QAnon, a conspiracy movement.

The witness recalled a call he received from the project manager at Dominion Systems, who told him that one of their poll workers was threatened in a video posted by QAnon supporters.

After the call, Sterling indicated that he searched Twitter and found the name of the contractor, who was accused of having committed treason: "This was the straw that broke the camel’s back"said Sterling, who gave a press conference in December, a month after the election, where he warned that Trump’s accusations could end in violence.

Also appearing at Tuesday’s hearing was another victim of Trump’s accusations, Shaye Moss, a Georgia poll worker who recounted to the committee the campaign of harassment she faced after becoming a target of Trump and his allies.

Moss and his mother, Ruby Freeman, also an electoral employee, were accused by the president, who did not provide evidence, of having manipulated false ballot papers in favor of Biden during election night.

Consequently, both women received death and racist threats via Facebook.

"Lots of threats wishing me dead, telling me, you know, I’d end up in jail with my mom and saying things like ‘be glad it’s 2020 and not 1920"Moss recalled.

A video of Freeman’s taped testimony was shown at the session, where he said he had lost his reputation because of Trump’s baseless accusations, and that he had had to move house after the election after the FBI told him that it would not be safe there until at least Biden’s inauguration in January 2021.

Even so, Freeman pointed out that to this day she does not feel safe anywhere.


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