Former Georgia U.S. Attorney BJay Pak testifies before Jan. 6 commission
Next set of hearings will be Wednesday, June 15
ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Former Georgia U.S. attorney BJay Pak, who resigned during former President Donald Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn last November’s general election, testified Monday morning before the House select committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
Pak resigned after Trump reportedly pressured Georgia state officials to overturn his defeat. Trump wanted to fire Pak as disloyal, but Pak stepped down after Trump’s call became public in which he urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn Biden’s win in the state.
At the center of the questioning were the false claims first made by Trump supporter, Rudy Giuliani, claimed video showed “suitcases of fake ballots in Georgia.”
Pak said the clips used at the time did not show the entire video.
“We found that the suitcases full of ballots – the alleged black suitcase – that was being seen pulled from under the table was actually an official lockbox where ballots were kept safe, Pak said.
Pak testified that the FBI directly interviewed those in the video, and the FBI determined the allegations made by Giuliani were false.
“Is it your view today that there was no evidence that there was no widespread fraud sufficient to undermine confidence in the outcome of the election in Georgia?” asked Rep. Zoe Lofgren, (D) California.
“That is correct,” said Pak.
Pak released a statement to CBS46 News, after he testified.
Pak resigned Jan. 4, 2021. He had been nominated by Trump in July 2017 to become the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate later that year.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, according to CBS News, will publicly testify before the committee at some point. Trump’s Jan. 2, 2021, phone call to Raffensperger, in which he asked Georgia’s top elections official, “to find 11,780 votes,” is certain to come up before the committee.
Organized and led by Congressional Democrats, the committee has, for months, been investigating allegations Trump attempted to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election. Trump lost that election to Democrat Joe Biden, becoming the 21st century’s first White House incumbent to lose reelection.
Biden became the first Democratic White House candidate to carry Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992, winning the Peach State by .23%. Georgia was also the only Deep South state to vote Democratic in that election.
The next set of hearings are set for Wednesday, June 15, beginning at 10 a.m.
The following is a written statement from Byung BJay Pak:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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