Trump knew he lost election despite being ‘stolen’ from him, Jan 6 investigators say

Donald Trump was well aware that he had lost the 2020 presidential election, despite mobilizing his supporters across the country through his repeated insistence that the election be ‘stolen’ from him, according to the investigation. House committee on the January 6 assault on the Capitol.

the explosive court record is seeking documents from attorney John Eastman, a Trump ally widely credited with helping him form his legal basis to overturn the 2020 election results, who the committee says is refusing to comply with a subpoena to appear on unsubstantiated grounds of client-attorney privilege.

This is the first time the panel has argued that Trump and his team “engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” largely on the basis that Trump knew he had, in fact, lost the elections.

Not only was the former US president told “in fairly candid terms” by pundits that he would lose the election shortly after the polls closed, but his allies at the time, including the former prosecutor General William Barr before his resignation, Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, along with various campaign staff, senior advisers and election experts, all told him at various times over the coming weeks that there was no evidence to support his allegation of voter fraud, officials said.

All of his losses in more than 60 trials in seven states, in which he and his team took their voter fraud charges to court, supported the claim that he was aware of his loss, the documents show.

Trump, however, continued to falsely insist that he “won the election by a landslide”, – words that court documents described as an effort to share “dangerous misinformation with the public. “.

In fact, he “began laying the groundwork to cast doubt on the results” even before the election was held.

Here’s why the authorities say it matters:

A potential criminal case against Trump

For the first time, the House committee outlined what could eventually become the basis of a criminal case against Trump — that his continued insistence on winning the 2020 election while being aware he had lost was not not just stubbornness or ignorance, but “a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” the filing reads.

The claim, however, may prove difficult to sustain in court, according to a New York Times To analyse.

A disinformation campaign

The court filing argues that in response to evidence that he did not in fact win the 2020 presidential election, Trump and his team began “extrajudicial efforts to overturn the election results,” which consisted primarily of “aggressive public disinformation”. campaign to persuade millions of Americans that the election had in fact been stolen,” which included advertisements containing false information, according to the report.

“About seventy percent of Republicans think the last election was stolen from Trump. It’s a…lie that has the same functional role of mobilizing and radicalizing people,” Thomas Homer-Dixon, executive director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University, told Inside Edition Digital.

Homer-Dixon is one of the world’s foremost experts on global security threats and has observed potential threats to American democracy for several decades.

Homer-Dixon’s sentiment was echoed by the House committee, which found that “the violent rioters who attacked police, violated the Capitol, and obstructed and obstructed the electoral vote were instigated by the fraudulent campaign of President Trump to persuade the American people that the election was on.” fact stolen,” the court filing reads.

It also led people to “plan for violence,” including traveling to Washington, DC, hoarding weapons and planting pipe bombs, the document said.

An attempt to bribe

In early January 2021, Trump and his team contacted various state officials, sharing “unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud”, asking them to “disregard popular election results” and urging them to “‘decertify’ election results in their states,” the document detailed.

One such conversation included a famous conversation with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, asking him to “find 11,780 votes” for Trump for president.

The panel also claims Trump and his team attempted to bribe the Justice Department, attempting to elevate his political appointee to acting attorney general, knowing he was supporting the false idea that the election results were incorrect. .

Additionally, in the days leading up to Jan. 6, before the actual day, Trump aggressively attempted to “order, direct, or pressure” Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to count. votes or cast out voters before he and his team make Pence the center. of Trump’s loss as crowds flooded the US Capitol building, the document said.

Trump’s role on January 6

The House committee’s latest report also alleges various actions Trump took while the assault on the Capitol was underway.

As rioters stormed the building Pence and other House Representatives were in, Trump tweeted, “Mike Pence didn’t have the guts to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution… The United States demands the truth!”

Investigators found that rioters “reacted to this tweet, leading to further violence on Capitol Hill,” including demands “that the vice president be hanged,” according to the document.

Trump largely ignored calls for rioters to stop the siege that afternoon, until hours later when he posted a video in which he said: “[w]I love you, you are very special,” and later tweeting, “These are the things and events that happen when a landslide sacred election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped of great patriots.

The report adds that the attack left several dead, hundreds injured and widespread trauma among government workers, members of Congress and the press.

The House committee’s investigation into the day’s events continues.

Meanwhile, Trump’s allies are scattering

As the House committee’s investigation continues and allies like Eastman come under fire, those once close to Trump, like former attorney general William Barr, appear to have distanced themselves from their former political ally.

In an excerpt from his forthcoming memoir, published by the the wall street journalthe Republican attorney recounted the moment he told Trump there had been no voter fraud and that he would not serve a second term.

The excerpt read: “’You must hate Trump. You would only do this if you hate Trump. “No, Mr. President, I don’t hate you,” I said. “You know I sacrificed a lot personally to come and help you when I thought you were being wronged.” The president nodded, almost involuntarily conceding the point. “But over the weekend you started blaming the department for your legal team’s inability to find evidence of fraud. The department is not an extension of your legal team. Our mission is to investigate and prosecute real fraud. The thing is, we’ve looked at the main claims of your people, and they’re *** bulls. ‘”

Critics, however, said Barr’s upcoming memoir from his tenure as attorney general under former President George HW Bush and Trump may sanitize the truth about what may have happened.

An article published on MSNBC said that in light of numerous previous instances of Barr having sided with Trump’s election conspiracy theories, his recollection of his support for a peaceful transition of power was a way for Barr to “rehabilitate his image”, while another article published by The Guardian stated that various controversies were not acknowledged at all in his memoir.

And after?

Homer-Dixon told Inside Edition Digital that if Trump runs for president again, he has a real chance of winning, which would hurt democracy in the United States.

Homer-Dixon said Trump’s likely goals in a second term are driven by “vindication and revenge” and that a second Trump administration could prove far more destabilizing than the first. “He’s administratively incompetent, but people have consistently underestimated his charismatic ability, his demagogic ability,” Homer-Dixon said. “He has this ability to emotionally connect with his followers in an absolutely vivid and direct way.”

An even bigger problem, however, would be if there were any doubts about the identity of the winner again, as Trump and his team tried to start casting after the 2020 presidential election.

“Major violence is only more likely if the next elections are contested; [if] you don’t know who won and the team that ultimately loses doesn’t accept the result,” he said.

Assuming the most extreme possible outcome, he said: “Maybe the army is splitting along partisan lines and different parts of the army are aligning themselves at different sites. It is a very dangerous situation.

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