“You’re asking me to do something that goes against my oath of allegiance, but I won’t break my oath,” Republican Rusty Powers, Arizona’s president, said during the hearing.
What Powers describes is a conversation he had with Trump when he made it clear to the then incumbent that he would not give in to Trump’s demands for a special hearing on electoral fraud in the Arizona legislature.
According to Powers, he told Trump there was no evidence to justify a hearing, and that he “didn’t want to be used as a pawn” in the game. Powers says he reached out “repeatedly” to Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and asked for proof of election fraud.
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Tuesday’s open session is the fourth in a row for the House committee investigating the storming of the Capitol.
It has long been known that Trump tried to persuade Georgia Secretary of State Brad Ravensburger to “find” enough votes to nullify the results of the presidential election.
Ravensberger also testified on Tuesday.
During a phone conversation that lasted about an hour, former US President Ravensberger pushed to change the election result and “find another 11,780 votes.”
“No votes were found, and there weren’t any,” Ravensberger said during the congressional hearing.
The House hearings were chaired by a panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans.
The interrogations were broadcast live and drew millions of viewers in the United States.
On January 6, 2021, members of the United States Congress gathered at the Capitol to tally the electoral votes for the presidential election and formally nominate Democrat Joe Biden to be the election winner and the next president.
At the same time, tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters gathered in Washington, DC, for a political rally on the topic “Save America.” At the meeting, Trump reiterated his allegations of systematic election fraud and claimed that he was the real winner. He urged his supporters to go to Congress:
“If you don’t fight Hell, you don’t have a country anymore,” said the then-President.
Parts of the crowd did what he said. The protests turned violent when hundreds of people stormed the Capitol building and clashed with police. Some went to the post of President Nancy Pelosi, as well as to one of the rooms. Parts of the building were vandalized.
Five people were killed in the attack, including a police officer.
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