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Who is Brad Riffensperger and why is he important to the January 6 hearing?

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Brad Riffensperger is Georgia’s secretary of state and is expected to testify before the committee on January 6 under a subpoena on June 21.

As the top official overseeing elections in Georgia, Riffensperger was responsible for managing the state’s 2020 election, which was won by Joe Biden by a narrow margin. In the ensuing months, Riffensperger would come under pressure to change the outcome of the election of then-President Donald Trump, asking him to “find” enough votes to reverse Biden’s victory.

Read more: Who are the witnesses to testify in the January 6 hearing?

In a June 16 hearing, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Vyo. said the committee would soon hear testimony from state officials who had come under pressure from Trump to help change the outcome of the 2020 election.

“We will investigate all of those threats, and we will examine the Trump team’s determination to broadcast materially incorrect election slates to officials in the executive and legislative branches of our government from multiple states. We will test legal election results on state legislatures. Will investigate the pressure of calling to reverse it,” Cheney said.

On January 2, 2021, Riffensperger received a personal call from Trump, who claimed he had conquered Georgia and asked the secretary of state to “find” thousands of votes that would turn victory away from Biden.

“So, what are we going to do here, guys? I just want 11,000 votes. Guys, I want 11,000 votes. Give me a break,” Trump can be heard saying on a recording that was later released .

Raffensperger told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in a January 2021 interview that he took Trump’s word as an attempt to “intimidate” the change in the outcome of the Georgia election.

“I think maybe they were trying to intimidate me and – provoke me to something. It was not going to happen,” he said.

Trump reportedly wasn’t the only Republican to pressure the referendum. Lindsey Graham, R.C., asked the secretary of state if he could “toss” mail-in ballots from counties that had higher than average non-matching signatures.

Raffensperger said he did not have the power to do so. Graham has denied that he suggested tossing a legal ballot.

For more information on the key players in the January 6 committee hearing, click here.

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