Troubled Georgia election officials told how the former president did Donald Trump and his team pressured them to overturn the findings, with a live witness revealing racist threats.
Several state election officials testified about Trump’s intimidation efforts at the fourth public hearing held by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 5 Capitol riots.
Wandrea ‘Shaye’ Moss, a former Fulton County poll worker and black woman, trembled Tuesday as she described the aftermath of the Trump campaign, which accused her and her mother, Ruby Freeman, of pulling fake mail-in ballots out of suitcases on Election Day .
Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, seized video of Moss and Freeman counting votes, falsely claiming that they passed USB sticks “like vials of heroin or cocaine.”
Moss said her bosses notified her of the video and asked her to check her Facebook, which she opened and found awash in threats.
“There was just a lot of terrible things there. Lots of threats, wishing me dead, telling me I’ll be in jail with my mother,” Moss said. “And saying things like, ‘Be glad it’s 2020 and not 1920.’
Moss said of the threats: “A lot of them were racist, a lot of them were just hateful.”
In the video, Moss said her mother actually just gave her a “gingermint.”
The committee also played clips of Freeman in a private interview with investigators.
“I’m scared of giving my name on food orders,” Freeman said. “I’ve lost my name and reputation and I’ve lost my sense of security.”
Thursday’s hearing focused on Trump’s efforts to overthrow the election by pressuring state election staff.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in his live testimony that he and his team investigated “every single allegation” of Trump’s alleged voter fraud. They found none true.
“We walked the rabbit trail to make sure our numbers are correct,” Raffensperger said, adding that he and his family faced threats and harassment, but he continued to do his job.
“I think sometimes in moments you have to get up and just take the shots,” he said. “We obeyed the law and we obeyed the Constitution, and at the end of the day President Trump fell short.”
Raffensperger Chief Operating Officer Gabe Sterling recalled a moment when he “lost his composure” when he found out that an election consultant working for Dominion Voting Systems had received death threats from “some QAnon supporters.”
Sterling went on to say that he was trying to combat misinformation in press conferences and to continue the office’s mission of “telling the truth, obeying the Constitution, obeying the law, and defending the institutions … and the institutions held.”
The committee’s next hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, with a focus on pressure Trump is putting on Justice Department officials to overturn the election results.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/21/georgia-election-worker-recounts-threats-from-donald-trump-accusations-16861904/ A Georgia poll worker tells of threats from allegations by Donald Trump