AZ speaker says Trump never provided fraud proof

WASHINGTON – Next up Tuesday for the House hearings on the Capitol attack Jan. 6, 2021, is the pressure former President Donald Trump applied to state officials to overturn 2020 election results, including Trump’s infamous call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

The latest:

  • No evidence: In questioning from Schiff, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers recalled Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani talking about election fraud: “We’ve got lots of theories, we just don’t have the evidence.” Bowers added, “I don’t know if that was a gaffe or maybe he didn’t think through what he said.”

  • Pressure continues: Bowers said U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. and chair of the conservative Freedom Caucus, asked “if I would sign on both to a letter that had been sent from my state and or that I would support the decertification of the electors.” Bowers replied, “I said I would not.”

  • Fake electors scheme in Michigan: The committee learned through testimony that Michigan Republican fake electors planned to hide overnight in the Michigan Capitol so they could cast their votes in the statehouse chambers the next day.

What evidence does the Jan. 6 committee have?:Is the Jan. 6 committee sitting on explosive evidence of Trump’s role in the Capitol assault?

Rusty Bowers, Arizona state House speaker, Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State, and Gabe Sterling, Georgia Secretary of State chief operating officer are sworn in before testifying before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday.

Members trapped in the chamber and officers injured on Jan. 6 in audience

Democratic Reps. Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania and Veronica Escobar of Texas — both of whom were trapped in the gallery on Jan. 6 — are watching today’s proceedings in the hearing room.

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges, U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, and D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone are also watching in the room. The officers were charged with protecting the Capitol on Jan. 6 and have been attending the hearings.

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