Who Is Gabriel Sterling? – The New York Times

Gabriel Sterling, a top election official in Georgia who publicly disputed former President Donald J. Trump’s false claims of election fraud in the 2020 election, is testifying before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday.

Mr. Sterling, along with Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, became a vocal defender of Georgia’s election security in the weeks after the election, even as Mr. Trump and members of his campaign sought to discredit the results and to circulate conspiracy theories that the election had been rigged in favor of Joseph R. Biden Jr.

In the hearing on Tuesday, the committee is expected to focus on how Mr. Trump and those in his inner circle targeted state officials in their quest to overturn elections results in battleground states that Mr. Biden won narrowly. In Georgia, Mr. Biden’s final margin of victory was fewer than 12,000 votes.

Mr. Sterling helped oversee the implementation of Georgia’s voting systems in 2020, including the electronic equipment produced by Dominion Voting Systems, which became the target of outlandish conspiracy theories perpetuated by the Trump campaign. He also helped organize a painstaking recount of Georgia’s nearly five million votes in order to confirm the state’s election results.

Unlike other state-level officials who did not act on Mr. Trump’s false claims, Mr. Sterling repeatedly spoke out against the falsehoods in prominent fashion.

In fiery news conferences after the election, Mr. Sterling confronted Mr. Trump’s false claims, methodically debunking many of the most widespread falsehoods aimed at the election in Georgia. He also accused Mr. Trump of whipping up public resentment toward election officials in his bid to stay in power, and he criticized the former president for refusing to condemn a wave of violent threats against officials.

On Tuesday, Mr. Sterling is expected to speak about how Mr. Trump and those in his orbit disingenuously accused officials in Georgia of failing to secure the election, even after they repeatedly explained that claims of election fraud or voting irregularities were unfounded.