Wandrea "Shaye" Moss became an election worker in Fulton County, Georgia, after years of learning the importance of voting and civil service from her grandmother, who taught her the right to vote is "precious."
She said her favorite part of the job was helping older voters through the voting process.
Moss did her work during the 2020 election as if it were any other year. But it wasn't like any other year.
She testified before the Jan. 6 committee about the abuse she and her mother, Ruby Freeman, received violent and racist threats for weeks and months after being the target of a conspiracy theory spread by former President Trump and his attorney, the former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Giuliani accused them of engaging in "surreptitious illegal activity again that day." Trump later repeated the claims, none of which were true.
The harassment and pressure put on state-level officials in the aftermath of the 2020 election drove the committee's fourth public hearing on Tuesday.
Wandrea "Shaye" Moss, a former Georgia election worker, testifies as he mother, Ruby Freeman listens, as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (Michael Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)
Moss said the former president's supporters also showed up to her grandmother's house looking for Moss and Freeman.
"I felt horrible, I felt like it was all my fault," Moss said. "I just felt bad for my mom, and I felt horrible for picking this job."
Video testimony from Freeman revealed the FBI recommended she leave her home for her own safety because of the threats against her and her daughter. Advice she followed.
"There is nowhere I feel safe," Freeman said in a committee video of her testimony. "Do you know how it feels to have the president of the United States target you?
"The president of the United States is supposed to represent every American, not to target one. But he targeted me, Lady Ruby. A small business owner, a mother, a proud American citizen who stands up to help Fulton County run an election in the middle of the pandemic," she said.
The committee displayed several examples of Trump and his team's efforts to pressure legislative leaders in several states to go along with the scheme and throw out the votes of their states' residents to overturn election results.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss. 2nd District) opened the hearing by acknowledging the people like Moss, Freeman, and others as being the driving force of the country's political system.
A video exhibit plays as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
"Democratic institutions aren't abstractions or ideas," Thompson said. "They're local officials who oversee elections, secretaries of state, people in whom we've placed our trust that they'll carry out their duties. But what if they don't?"
Several state-level officials offered live testimony before the committee, including Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Gabriel Sterling, the Georgia Secretary of State's Office's chief operating officer, and Arizona House Speaker Russell "Rusty" Bowers.
The committee also shared audio and video testimony from state officials who were the subject of threats or harassment from Trump supporters after the 2020 election, including Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Pennsylvania House Speaker Bryan Cutler.
Raffensperger and Sterling outlined the measures they took after the election to ensure the count was accurate, including a machine recount, a forensic audit, and a complete hand recount of Georgia's nearly five million ballots.
All the counts revealed the same result: Joe Biden won by approximately 12,000 votes.
"The numbers are the numbers. The numbers don't lie," Raffensperger said.
Despite the clear evidence, Raffensperger and Sterling recounted several instances of Trump trying to pressure Georgia officials to go along with his plan to overturn the election in the state.
Chief among the examples was a call Raffensperger received from Trump on Jan. 2, in which Trump repeated debunked election misinformation and asked Raffensperger to come up with the exact number needed to overturn the election in the Peach State.
Rusty Bowers, Arizona state House Speaker, from left, Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State, and Gabe Sterling, Georgia Deputy Secretary of State, arrive as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
"So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state," Trump said on the call.
Raffensperger refused. Much like the other state officials who interviewed with the committee, Raffensperger and his wife received threats and intimidation from the former president's supporters.
He said they received harassment over the phone and email, with the harassment directed at his wife often being "sexualized," which Raffensperger called "disgusting."
Raffensperger also said people broke into his daughter-in-law's home due to his actions in properly overseeing the election in Georgia. His son died recently of a Fentanyl overdose, leaving his daughter-in-law to raise their children.
Despite the abuse and threats to his family, Raffensperger said he had to move forward and do the work.
"I knew that we had followed the law and we had followed the Constitution," he told the panel, "and I think sometimes moments require you to stand up and just take the shots. You're doing your job, and that's all we did. We just followed the law, and we followed the constitution. And at the end of the day President Trump came up short."
The Trump team engaged in similar efforts in Arizona. Arizona House Speaker Russell "Rusty" Bowers received a call in late Nov. 2020 from Giuliani, pressuring him to rescind the slate of Biden electors and submit an alternate slate supporting Trump, even though Biden won Arizona by nearly 70,000 votes.
Three requests were made by the Trump team. First was to hold an official hearing with one of the legislature's committees on election irregularities. Second was using some supposed mechanism in Arizona to replace Biden electors with Trump electors.
Bowers testified that Giuliani and others offered no justification for their requests, aside from the baseless claims about voter fraud they had already made many times.
Committee members from left, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., listen as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
"You are asking me to do something against my oath, and I will not break my oath," Bowers said.
Bowers said he spoke with Trump on the phone in December and told him that he supported him and voted for him, but would not do anything illegal for him.
John Eastman, one of Trump's attorneys working to overturn the election, called Bowers on Jan. 4, 2021, asking him to have the Arizona House take a vote to decertify the Biden electors, regardless of the justification.
Bowers testified that he refused.
"You're asking me to do something that's never been done in the history of the United States, and I'm going to put my state through that without sufficient proof, and that's going to be good enough with me?" Bowers told the committee. "That I would put us through that, my state that I swore to uphold both in Constitution and in law? No sir."
For not cooperating with Trump, Bowers also faced harassment from the former president's supporters, including protests outside of his home and a flood of messages to his legislative office. In one instance, he recalled, a man wearing a shirt with the logo of the Three Percenters, a far-right militia, made verbal threats to his neighbor.
Bowers called the glut of harassment "disturbing."
But, as the committee pointed out multiple times, the former president did nothing to help stop the harassment and continued to push his election fiction.
"The point is this: Donald Trump did not care about the threats of violence," Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said. "He did not condemn them. He made no effort to stop them. He went forward with his fake allegations anyway."
Updated on June 21, 2022, at 5:19 p.m. ET with a full write-through, new video, and photos.