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State officials received scores of calls from Giuliani, other Trump allies after 2020 election

Arit John, Los Angeles Times on

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“We followed the law and we followed the Constitution,” he said. “At the end of the day, President Trump came up short.”

In addition to phone calls from Trump lawyers and campaign volunteers, the pressure campaign included comments from Trump on social media and at rallies, protests outside lawmakers’ homes and offices, and online and TV ad campaigns urging officials to act.

Mike Shirkey, the Republican leader of the Michigan state Senate, told the committee in a recorded interview that he received more than 4,000 text messages after Trump posted his personal number on Facebook, urging his supporters to ask Michigan legislators to decertify the election results. In another clip, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson described her alarm one night when protesters gathered outside her home.

Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler, a Republican, told the committee he received daily voicemails from Giuliani and Ellis in the last week of November 2020. The calls continued even after Cutler’s lawyers told the Trump campaign to stop.

“I understand that you don’t want to talk to me now,” Giuliani said in a Nov. 29 voicemail released by the committee. “I just want to bring some facts to your attention and talk to you as a fellow Republican.”

Cutler said there were at least three protests outside his home of his district office.

 

“All of my personal information was doxxed online,” he said. “We had to disconnect our home phone for about three days.”

Before the hearing began, Trump issued a statement calling Bowers a “RINO” — a Republican in name only — and claiming the Arizona Republican told him “the election was rigged and that (Trump) won Arizona.”

Bowers said the claim was false.

"(If) anyone, anywhere, anytime has said that I said the election was rigged, that would not be true,” he said.

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