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Top Georgia election official Raffensperger details Trump call with Jan. 6 committee

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The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol interviewed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for several hours Tuesday in a meeting that included discussion of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

“I spoke to the January 6th committee to ensure they included the full record of how stolen election claims damage our democracy — whether in 2016, 2018, or 2020. While liberals in Washington, D.C. remain focused on Trump, conservatives should focus on the kitchen table issues that really matter to the American people,” the Republican elections official said in a statement shared with NBC News.

The meeting with the bipartisan committee was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The interview lasted for four hours, Raffensperger’s office said, and they discussed Trump’s call earlier this year in which he pressured Raffensperger to overturn President Joe Biden’s win in Georgia while repeatedly berating state officials.

In a recent book, Raffensperger wrote that he felt Trump was threatening him in the call.

Raffensperger now faces a Trump-endorsed primary challenger in his re-election bid for 2022.

The House committee has interviewed or deposed numerous individuals regarding the events leading up to the Jan. 6 riot and the attack itself.

Earlier on Tuesday, the chair of the House committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has begun cooperating with their probe. His cooperation comes not long after former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to answer the committee’s questions.

If convicted, Bannon could face as much as a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Garrett Haake and Julia Jester contributed.

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Rishi Sunak says Budget tax cuts shows voters can have confidence in him

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RISHI Sunak has insisted voters can trust him to slash taxes by the next general election.

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White House considering stricter international travel testing requirements amid omicron variant

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The Biden administration is considering tightening requirements for international travel amid growing concerns about the omicron variant of the coronavirus, a White House official told NBC News on Tuesday.

The official said the administration is continuing “to evaluate the appropriate measures to protect the American people from Covid-19” and the new variant, including “considering more stringent testing requirements for international travel.”

“Policy discussions are ongoing across the government and no final decisions have been made,” the official added.

The discussion comes on the heels of the federal government restricting travel for non-U.S. citizens from South Africa and seven other countries in an effort to contain the variant. Cases were first reported in South Africa and it’s since surfaced in other countries, including Belgium, Canada and Israel.

In remarks Monday, President Joe Biden called the variant “a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.” On Thursday, Biden is expected to lay out his administration’s plan for combating Covid-19 this winter.

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