Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, said that pressuring election officials was a "fundamental part" of former President Trump's strategy to block the 2020 election results.
"Pressuring public servants into betraying their oath was a fundamental part of the playbook," Thompson said.
"A handful of election officials in several key states stood between Donald Trump and the upending of democracy," he added.
While Trump focused on a few states to overturn the election results, officials would not go along with his allegations of fraud, Thompson said.
"When they wouldn't embrace 'the big lie' and substitute the will of the voters, with Donald Trump's will to remain in power, Donald Trump worked to ensure they faced the consequences," he said, referring to the threats that election officials received in the wake of the 2020 election.
"As we have shown in our previous hearings, claims that widespread voter fraud tainted the 2020 presidential election have always been a lie. Donald Trump knew they were a lie, and he kept amplifying them anyway," Thompson said.
Thompson added that "the lie hasn't gone away, saying that "people who believe that lie are now seeking positions of public trust."