The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has obtained thousands of records from state officials, including emails showing how White House officials and Trump allies in the Senate pressured Georgia election officials to overturn the election results in the state, as well as forged certificates declaring Trump the winner in both Arizona and Michigan, Politico reports.
A Dec. 22, 2020, email from Brad Raffensperger’s aide Jordan Fuchs to then-White House chief of staff Meadows to “clarify a few items” about absentee ballots Trump was disputing. The committee has also obtained phone recordings and text messages from Meadows to Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, and emails between Sen. Lindsey Graham’s and Raffensperger’s offices showing how the GOP senator came to call the secretary of state to ask him to throw away democratic ballots about two weeks after the 2020 election.
House investigators also obtained forged certificates declaring Donald Trump the winner in both Arizona and Michigan — and interviewed numerous witnesses, including secretaries of state in each of those states, according to Politico.
“They mostly discussed election administration in Arizona, the 2020 elections, threats/harassment directed toward the office, and the Cyber Ninja’s partisan ballot review,” said a spokesperson for Arizona secretary of state Katie Hobbs.
The state of Arizona took legal action against one of the pro-Trump “sovereign citizen” group, whose leader met with Rudy Giuliani in December 2020, by sending a cease-and-desist letter ordering them to stop using the state seal and referred the matter to the state attorney general.
“By affixing the state seal to documents containing false and misleading information about the results of Arizona’s November 3, 2020 General Election, you undermine the confidence in our democratic institutions,” Hobbs wrote to one of the pro-Trump groups.