The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol met Tuesday for the next in a series of public hearings this month. This hearing focuses on former President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure officials in Arizona and Georgia to overturn the 2020 election results.

Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said in his opening statement that “pressuring officials to betray their oaths was a fundamental part” of Trump’s “playbook.”

Thompson said Trump’s pressure on those election officials was based on the “big lie.” “The lie has not gone away. It corrupts our democratic institutions,” Thompson added, noting specifically that a New Mexico county official refused to certify recent primary results.

Thompson, Vice President Rep. Liz Cheney and Committee Member Rep. Adam Schiff all noted in their opening statements that democratic institutions are holding up despite Trump’s lies — but it could ‘break under pressure’ .

“The system held, but barely,” Schiff said. “And the system held because brave people, Republicans and Democrats, like the witnesses we will hear from today, put their oath to the country and the constitution above all other considerations.”

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Arizona State House Speaker Rusty Bowers, left to right, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and Georgia Assistant Secretary of State Gabe Sterling arrive as the select committee of the Chamber investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings from a year-long investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

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Three Republicans, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Gabriel SterlingChief Operating Officer of the Secretary of State’s Office, and Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testified first.

Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss, a former election worker from Fulton County, Georgia, will appear in a second panel.

Trump lost Georgia and Arizona to President Biden, but he and his re-election campaign officials pushed top officials in those states to overturn the election results, in part through a plan to submit alternative and pro-Trump voter lists.

Trump lost Georgia and Arizona to President Biden, but he and his re-election campaign officials pushed top officials in those states to overturn the election results, in part through a plan to submit alternative and pro-Trump voter lists.

In Georgia, Trump urged Raffensberger in a January 2, 2021 phone call to “find” enough votes to make him the winner, though Raffensperger has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s efforts and refuted allegations of widespread voter fraud in Georgia.

Both Raffensperger and Sterling have defended the integrity of Georgia’s election and have been heavily criticized for their actions, receiving death threats and, in Raffensperger’s case, censure from the state’s Republican Party. Despite the backlash, Raffensperger defeated Trump-backed Representative Jody Hice and two other candidates who challenged him in the Republican primary last month for secretary of state.

The two election officials also testified this month before a special Fulton County grand jury investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results.

Trump accused Moss, the Fulton County election worker, and her mother of staging a fake ballot and calling them professional crooks, allegations that led to death threats and intimidation, and the forced into hiding, said committee aides.

According to written testimony obtained by CBS News ahead of the hearing, Moss will say she and her mother were “attacked” just for doing their jobs following baseless claims made by Trump, Giuliani and their allies.

“They said we slipped ballots into the State Farm Arena in a suitcase. That’s a lie. They said we lied about a water main break to evict the observers. It’s a lie. They said we counted the ballots multiple times to try to steal the election. It’s a lie,” she wrote in her testimony to the panel. “And they said that we had distributed USB keys to try to hack the voting machines. That’s also a lie – the thing they so annoyed my mom to pass me was a ginger mint. Her favorite candy. All the charges against me and my mother were lies.”

In Arizona, Bowers, who supported Trump in 2020, received a call from Trump and Giuliani, the former president’s attorney, in late November 2020 urging him to have the state legislature substitute a list of presidential voters, nullifying Mr. Biden’s victory in the state. , according to the Arizona Republic.

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(RL) Rusty Bowers, Speaker of the Arizona House; Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State of Georgia; and Gabriel Sterling, Georgia Secretary of State, Chief Operating Officer, appear to testify during the fourth hearing into the January 6 investigation at the Cannon House office building on June 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Bowers also received an email from Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in early November 2020 urging her to select a “clean list of voters.” according to the Washington Post. The committee asked to speak to Thomas, and she told the Daily Caller she is eager to speak with House investigators.

Testimony from Trump White House officials, including former chief of staff Mark Meadows, is expected to be heard at Tuesday’s hearing.

Previous hearings have focused on the violence that took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6 as law enforcement struggled to control the crowd of Trump supporters that descended on the complex to stop Congress from counting state electoral votes; of trump decision to declare victory on election night, even though his closest aides knew there was no evidence to support his claims, the election was stolen from him; and the efforts of the former president to Mike Pence, strong-armed vice president to reject the state’s electoral votes and unilaterally declare it the winner of the election.

At his third hearing last week, aides to the former vice president said Trump’s repeated lies about the election had pushed the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis and put Pence at risk when a mob of Trump supporters had breached the Capitol building.

“About 40 feet. That’s all there was, 40 feet between the vice president and the crowd,” Rep. Pete Aguilar, a Democrat from California, said last week. “Make no mistake that the vice president’s life was in danger.”

Trump, meanwhile, continued to attack the committee and falsely claim he had won the 2020 election. evidence that the committee doctored a video of depositions and accused its members of being “liars and crooks”.