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Former US Attorney in Atlanta testifies before Jan 6 committee

Members of the House January 6 Select Committee held a second televised hearing today. Among the witnesses testifying before lawmakers today was B.J. Pak, former US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

Pak was nominated by then-President Trump in July 2017 and confirmed by the Senate later that year. He resigned suddenly on January 4, 2021 in the midst of the furor surrounding Georgia’s vote in the 2020 Presidential election. His resignation came just one day after a phone call between Trump and Georgia elections officials where the President urged Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and others to “find” enough votes to give Trump a victory in Georgia.

In his testimony today, Pak told committee members that he was asked by then Attorney General Bill Barr in December 2020 to investigate allegations of widespread voter fraud in Georgia.

"And because [of] the videotape and the serious allegation that Mr. Giuliani was making respect to the suitcase full of ballots in the video, [Barr] asked me to find out what I could about it, because he had envisioned that in some days after our call that he was going to go to the White House for a meeting and then that issue might come up," Pak told lawmakers.

Asked by California Representative Zoe Lofgren what his investigation found, Pak responded that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud, a finding echoed by the Secretary of State’s office.

"Is it your view today that there was no evidence of widespread fraud sufficient to undermine confidence in the outcome of the election in Georgia?" Lofgren asked.

"That is correct," Pak replied.

The House January 6 committee will hold another hearing scheduled for 10 am Wednesday.