For Tuesday, the parliamentary committee of inquiry into the storming of the Capitol summoned a witness who, in the weeks following the 2020 presidential election, had staunchly resisted pressure from Donald Trump to overturn the election results.

At the time, the president-elect called Georgia's chief election commissioner to "find" enough votes to award him the state's electorate.

Interior Minister Brad Raffensperger had already answered MPs' questions in a closed meeting of the committee.

Majid Sattar

Political correspondent for North America based in Washington.

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For many Americans, not just Democrats, the Republican is a hero who helped save democracy in their country.

Trump's campaign of revenge against him in an attempt to prevent Raffensperger in the party's primaries failed in May.

The Republican base reinstated the Secretary of the Interior for the November elections.

In the opinion of the committee members, the Georgia case, like the pressure campaign against Mike Pence, should show that Trump deliberately resorted to illegal means to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.

The former President is closely following what is happening in Congress.

During a speech to evangelical organizations in Nashville, he again accused his then vice president of not having had the courage to refuse to certify Joe Biden's election victory.

With a view to Raffensperger's statement, Trump also, as a precaution, once again spread the reading on his social media channel that his call to the Interior Minister at the time was "perfect and appropriate".

It is noteworthy that Trump publicly comments on the work of the investigative committee, after all right-wing media point to the fact that the Americans are not interested in the hearings, referring to the ratings.

What would be the consequences of a trial against Trump?

Trump knows, of course, that the committee is not aimed directly at the public.

Members want to use their evidence to pressure Attorney General Merrick Garland to press charges against the former President.

Such a trial - it would be the first against a former president for his official actions - would not remain without publicity and possibly thwart Trump's comeback plans.

The latter tries to counteract this and spreads a counter-narrative to the reading that he was aware that Biden had won and used illegal means to stay in power.

The committee maliciously creates "a false narrative," Trump wrote on Sunday.

The claim that he knew he had lost the election is completely false.

"I felt," Trump continued,

that the election had been "rigged" and that his victory had been "stolen".

He saw it that way from the start.

At the beginning of last week he had already published a twelve-page letter in which he not only heaped the usual abuse on the members of the committee and spread conspiracy theories, but also underlined why he considered the election results in several states to be falsified and why he was right had to do everything possible to counteract it.

This letter can be seen as the beginning of a legal defense strategy, given that Trump was assisted in writing the paper by an attorney who is now part of a new team of legal advisers surrounding the former president: Evan Corcoran, a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, previously had the interests of one represented by other clients from Trump's orbit: namely those of Steve Bannon, the former chief adviser to the former President,

who has to answer in court in July for contempt of Congress in connection with the parliamentary processing of January 6, 2021.

So the evidence suggests that Trump is expecting an indictment.

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