Trump’s claims of election fraud were false, Raffensperger tells Jan. 6 commission
Georgia secretary of state, assistant and Fulton County election worker appear in latest public hearings
ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Brad Raffensperger told a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol that former President Donald Trump’s claims of 2020 election fraud “were false.”
Georgia’s secretary of state, along with Gabriel Sterling, the office’s chief operating officer, appeared before the Democrat-led House Select Committee when the commission resumed its round of nationally televised public hearings.
Raffensperger told the committee the Nov. 6, 2020, election went “remarkably smooth,” with average ballot-casting wait times between two to three minutes statewide.
“I felt we had a successful election,” Raffensperger said.
The committee also focused on a phone call that Raffensperger received on Jan. 2 from Trump, in which he asked Georgia’s top elections official “to find 11,780 votes” in order to overturn Georgia’s results in the November 2020 general election.
Raffensperger repeatedly rebuffed Trump’s efforts and refuted claims of widespread voter fraud in Georgia. Joe Biden became the first Democratic White House candidate to carry Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992, winning the Peach State by .23%. Georgia was also the only Deep South state to vote Democratic in the 2020 presidential election.
Raffensperger confirmed to the committee three recounts of Georgia’s ballots cast confirmed Biden won the state by approximately 12,000 votes.
“The numbers are the numbers, and the numbers don’t lie,” Raffensperger said.
The House committee began holding a series of nationally televised public hearings last week.
While the committee cannot charge Trump with any crimes, the Associated Press is reporting the U.S. Justice Department is watching the panel’s work closely. Trump’s actions in Georgia are also the subject of a grand jury investigation, with the district attorney expected to announce findings this year.
Raffensperger won a crowded, May 24 GOP secretary of state primary by defeating, among others, the Trump-endorsed candidacy of Jody Hice.
Also expected to appear Tuesday is Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, also a Republican, and Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss, a former election worker from Fulton County, Georgia.
Trump lost both Georgia and Arizona to Biden, but he and officials with his reelection campaign pushed top officials in those states to overturn the election results.
Moss, according to CBS News, sued One America News Network and Rudy Giuliani in December for defamation, alleging the network aired stories that falsely accused her and her mother, a fellow election worker, of committing ballot fraud to alter the outcome of the 2020 election, according to the lawsuit.
The two reached a settlement agreement with One America News in April, though Giuliani remains as a defendant.
Trump himself also accused Moss and her mother of carrying out a fake ballot scheme and called them professional vote scammers, allegations that led to death threats and intimidation, and forced them into hiding, committee aides said.
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