Jan. 6 panel ramps up investigation into Trump's state-level pressure

The committee was also given a previously unreported email from one of Raffensperger’s top employees, Jordan Fuchs. In it, Fuchs responded to Meadows’ December 22, 2020 trip to Cobb County, Georgia, during the state’s signature match audit. He emailed Meadows to “clear up” a few points about the rejection rate for postal votes – something Trump and his allies had claimed was much lower than normal.

Fuchs’ note contained the text of a press release sent one month in advance by the State Secretariat with a more detailed explanation of the evaluation of the postal vote by the office.

The Meadows attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

The document dump also includes emails between Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger’s offices showing how a previously reported call between the two officials came about roughly two weeks after the 2020 election.

“I hope you are well. Senator Graham has a call with Sec. Raffensperger as early as possible,” a Graham employee told two of Raffensperger’s top aides on November 12, 2020. The call between the two men ended with that Graham Raffensperger ordered to kick out some ballots, the Georgia official later said.

Graham’s office declined to comment.

The state also released a previously reported audio recording of a call between Trump and Frances Watson, the senior investigator in the Georgia Secretary of State, on December 23, 2020, and a short call between Watson and an unidentified employee. In the conference call on December 23, Trump urged Watson to view the state’s election results as “dishonesty”.

Forged election documents in Michigan and Arizona

As Trump’s team pushed ahead with his discredited voter fraud narratives, the national archives received forged declarations declaring him and then Vice-President Mike Pence the winners of Michigan and Arizona and their voters after the 2020 elections. Requests for public records indicate that the foreign ministers of these states sent these certificates along with correspondence between national archives and state officials about the documents to the January 6 panel.

Michigan and Arizona State Secretary spokesmen declined to comment on the documents. The offices confirmed that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, both Democrats, and their staff met with the panel in November.

“They mainly discussed the Arizona election administration, the 2020 elections, threats / harassment against the office and the partisan vote verification of the Cyber ​​Ninja,” said Hobbs spokesman C. Murphy Hebert.

Benson and her staff answered questions from the committee about the 2020 election and the events leading up to the January 6 riot, according to Tracy Wimmer, a Benson spokeswoman.

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