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Jonathan Bernstein

Can Trump Be Tied to His Allies’ Violent Intimidation?

State election officials detail how threats of physical harm played a key role from the very start of efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential vote.

Just doing their job: Georgia officials Brad Raffensperger and Gabriel Sterling.

Just doing their job: Georgia officials Brad Raffensperger and Gabriel Sterling.

Photographer: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

What explained the devastating weight of Tuesday’s hearing of the House Jan. 6 committee? The testimony barely mentioned the attack on the Capitol or other events of that day.

Instead we heard, in new and terrifying detail, about Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Republican officials in state after state to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. By expanding the scope of the events covered, the panel heard from witnesses who recounted just how massive and systematic the efforts by Trump and his allies really were — and how violence and threats of violence played a central role in it.