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January 6: Committee Holds Seventh Public Hearing, Focusing on Trump’s Pressure on State Officials

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol held its seventh public hearing on July 12, 2022. The hearing focused on Trump’s pressure on state officials to overturn the election results, even though they knew there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

The hearing presented evidence that Trump and his allies contacted state officials in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, pressuring them to “find” votes or to decertify the results of the election. The committee also presented evidence that Trump and his allies threatened and intimidated state officials who refused to comply with their demands.

The hearing also presented evidence that Trump and his allies knew that their efforts to overturn the election were illegal. In a taped conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Trump admitted that he knew he lost the election but that he wanted Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to change the outcome.

The hearing concluded by arguing that Trump’s pressure on state officials was a direct attempt to undermine American democracy. The committee said that Trump’s actions were “a dangerous attack on our democracy” and that he “must be held accountable.”

The hearing was the seventh public hearing held by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack. The committee has scheduled two more public hearings for July 19 and 21.

The committee’s investigation is ongoing, and it is possible that they will hold additional public hearings in the future. The committee is expected to release a final report on its findings in the fall of 2022.

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