Donald Trump supporters calling themselves an "election integrity committee" are going door to door in Pennsylvania and demanding to know whom residents voted for in the November election.
York County president commissioner Julie Wheeler, a Republican, said she received numerous calls about alleged voter intimidation by members of the so-called committee, and has referred the matter to law enforcement, the York Dispatch reported Thursday. Wheeler added that the committee has no affiliation with county government.
County officials are currently weighing whether to comply with a "forensic audit" of the 2020 election spearheaded by GOP state Sen. Doug Mastriano, based on the former president's false claims of widespread fraud.
Chad Baker, chair of the Democratic Party of York County, said members of the "election integrity committee" appear to be targeting Democrats.
"There is an intimidation factor, and that's what their intent is," Baker said. "The timing of this doesn't seem suspect given the recent request of the audit by Sen. Mastriano."
Cyber Ninjas, the private firm conducting a partisan audit of election results in Arizona, reportedly planned to use similar door-knocking tactics earlier this year, prompting a letter from the Department of Justice.
"This description of the proposed work of the audit raises concerns regarding potential intimidation of voters," the DOJ's Civil Rights Division wrote in a May 5 letter to Cyber Ninjas.
House Democrats zero in on ex-Trump officials to question in Jan. 6 probe: 'Who was the ultimate organizer?'
House Democrats are confident they'll be able to question former Donald Trump aides in their investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection, but they still have work ahead of them to secure testimony from some of the biggest names.
Lawmakers still haven't defined the scope of their investigation, but the Department of Justice has offered a legal opinion allowing Congress to seek witness statements from former Trump administration officials -- and they're focused on coordination efforts by extremist groups that led the assault on the U.S. Capitol, reported Politico.
"That means the likelihood of any resistance from the committee's work from former [Trump] employees or current employees is not an impediment," said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the committee chairman.
The select committee members are especially interested in what happened in the days and weeks before the insurrection, with a particular focus on the planning and financing of the assault.
"[We] want to know who was the ultimate organizer and who paid for all of this action and how did it come about and are they still out there," said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
Panel members want to hear from witnesses who can describe "local, state and federal interaction in the run up to and on the day of Jan. 6," according to Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and testimony from individuals who can describe the political influence on the Pentagon and intelligence agencies.
Other congressional committees, including the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee, are also investigating aspects of the insurrection, including Donald Trump's efforts pressure the Justice Department to investigate baseless claims of voter fraud and potentially overturn his election loss.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who chairs the Oversight Committee, released letters to former top Justice Department officials, including Trump's last acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen.
She also wants to hear from two former U.S. attorneys based in Atlanta who may be able to shed light on the ex-president's pressure campaign on Georgia officials to "find" enough votes to overturn his election.
Adam Kinzinger unloads on Trump fans threatening Jan. 6 witnesses: ‘This is what happens when you tell the truth’
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) says he thinks it's important for people to hear the homophobic, racist and threatening voicemail that a Donald Trump supporter left for Capitol police officer Michael Fanone in response to his testimony Tuesday before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.
"Michael Fanone considers himself a Republican, but he stood here and he defended the Constitution, he defended this institution, and to have people call him and call him the names they did, tell him [they] wish he's dead, it's unfortunately par for the course for some people, but I think it's important for it to be out there for people to see the kind of vitriol that exists simply for somebody telling the truth and defending freedom," Kinzinger told TMZ on Wednesday.
In the voicemail, played on CNN on Tuesday night, the unidentified Trump supporter spews disgusting profanities and lies for a full minute.
"I wish they would have killed all of you scumbags," the caller says.
Some of the lies sound plucked straight out of Fox News and other right-wing media outlets. At one point the anonymous caller says, "You want an Emmy, an Oscar, what are you trying to go for?" Shortly after the voicemail was left, Fox News' Laura Ingraham ran a segment giving the four officers who testified "awards" for acting performances.
"This is what happens when you tell the truth in Trump's America," Fanone, a 20-year veteran police officer, told CNN. "I'm in good company."
During his testimony, Fanone recounted how he suffered a heart attack, was beaten with a flag pole, was tasered, and lost consciousness as the pro-Trump insurrectionists threatened to "kill him with his own gun."
On Wednesday, Kinzinger also responded to Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy labeling him and Republican Rep. Liz Cheney as "Pelosi Republicans" for serving on the select committee.
"All I've said is we need to get to the truth, we need answers, and that's what we're going to get, and sometimes standing up, doing the right thing, it can have its cost," Kinzinger said. "But all I'm going to do is defend the Constitution, so people can label me whatever they want."
He added that he wishes more members of his party were willing to stand up.
"I certainly wish there were more. I think that's probably the understatement of the year," he said. "But I know what I made a commitment to. I'm a Republican, but my oath isn't even to my party, it's to the Constitution, so I'm comfortable with that, and I hope more people can become comfortable with that, but that's everybody's choice."
Kinzinger followed up on Wednesday night by calling out members of his party who are more concerned with attacking Republican lawmakers on the committee than the actual people who stormed the Capitol.
Watch the TMZ interview and listen to the voicemail below.
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