However, such resistance came at a price.
Mr Bowers told the commission that after he pushed against Mr Trump, a truck drove through his neighborhood playing a recording declaring that he was a pedophile. Mr Bowers, who spoke of the Constitution in reverent and spiritual terms, had tears in his eyes as he described his seriously ill daughter enduring some of the bullying outside their home. (She died last year.)
The themes of the House Committee hearings on January 6
Similarly, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger testified that after he declined in a telephone conversation Mr. Trump’s request to find the votes that would get him the election, his wife had been receiving “sexualized” threats for 40 years. by text and people broke into his daughter-in-law’s house.
“It has turned my life upside down,” Wandrea Moss, a Georgia election officer who was named to one of Trump’s false allegations of voter fraud, said in her own emotional testimony. Ms Moss, known as Shaye, added: “It has affected my life in a major way – in every way – all because of lies.”
And the panel contrasted the four officials’ willingness to speak out against the refusal of many of Trump’s allies and others around him to tell investigators what they know. Representative Liz Cheney, the Wyoming Republican and the panel’s vice chair, specifically mentioned Pat Cipollone, Trump’s White House counsel who repeatedly backed down his efforts to reverse the election.
“Our committee is confident that Donald Trump does not want Mr. Cipollone to testify here,” she said. “But we think the American people deserve to hear from Mr. Cipollone in person. He should appear before this committee and we are working to secure his testimony.”
The plan to enlist the help of state lawmakers to create fake voter lists appears to have started just days after the election when a pro-Trump attorney, Cleta Mitchell, emailed the idea to John Eastman, a another lawyer close to Mr. Trump.