Donald Trump plotted fake voter scheme Jan 6 panel expected to show

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack is expected to show at its fourth hearing on Tuesday that Donald Trump and his top advisers coordinated the plan to send fake voter lists as part of of an effort to send him back to the White House.

The panel is also expected to examine Trump’s campaign to pressure senior officials in seven crucial battleground states to corruptly reverse his loss to Joe Biden in the weeks and months following the 2020 election.

At the afternoon hearing, the select committee is expected to focus heavily on the fake voters program, which played a significant role in its nearly year-long investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the results. state-level elections.

The panel will show how the bogus voter scheme – which may have been illegal – was the underlying basis of Trump’s illegal strategy to get his Vice President, Mike Pence, to refuse to certify Biden’s victory in certain states and grants him a second term.

Had the 2020 election cycle been like any other when the Electoral College convened on December 14, 2020, and Democratic voters attested to Biden’s victory over Trump, it would have marked the end of any post-election strife.

But that year, after legal Democratic voters gathered in state houses to officially nominate Biden president, in seven battleground states, illegitimate Republican voters also arrived, claiming they had come to the place to name Trump president.

Trump voters were turned away. However, they nevertheless proceeded to sign false voter certificates declaring that they were the “duly elected and qualified” voters certifying Trump as the winner of the presidential election in their state.

The bogus voter system was designed to create “duel” lists of voters that Pence could use to claim the election was questionable and refuse to formalize Biden’s victory when certifying Congress on Monday. January 6.

And, the select committee will show, the fake voter certificates were partly fabricated by Trump’s White House, and that the entire fake voter program was coordinated by Trump and his top advisers, including the former head of Mark Meadows law firm.

“We’ll show evidence of the president’s involvement in this project,” Congressman Adam Schiff, a member of the select committee who led the hearing alongside panel chairman Bennie Thompson, told CNN on Sunday. vice-president, Liz Cheney.

Members of Trump’s legal team insist this is a distorted characterization of the scheme, saying the so-called alternative lists were made up and signed off in case states recertify their results. electoral papers for Trump and that they should be sent immediately to Congress.

But that explanation is hard to reconcile given that Trump’s attorney John Eastman admitted in a Dec. 19, 2020, that Trump’s slates were “dead on arrival” if not certified, and yet have pushed Pence to reject Biden’s slates even though Trump’s slates were still uncertified. .

The bogus voter scheme is important because it could be a crime. The Justice Department is investigating whether Republicans who signed up as voters for Trump could be charged with falsifying ballot papers, mail fraud or conspiring to defraud the United States.

If Trump were involved in the scheme and the Justice Department pursues a case, the former US president could also be exposed to criminal charges. At least one federal grand jury in Washington is investigating the scheme and the involvement of top Trump election lawyers, including Rudy Giuliani.

The select committee is also expected to focus on Trump’s lobbying campaign on top Republican state officials in the weeks and months following the election, according to a committee aide who previewed the hearing on a conference call. with journalists.

Other key flashpoints the panel intends to consider include Trump’s now infamous January 2, 2021 call with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger – who will testify live at the hearing – when Trump asked him to “find” votes to win him the election.

“I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump said during the conversation, a tape of which was obtained by Washington Post and House investigators working for the select committee. .

The select committee will describe Trump pressuring other state officials to investigate allegations of voter fraud that his own White House and campaign lawyers knew to be false, relying on the president’s testimony. Arizona House, Rusty Bowers.

And the panel will additionally hear testimony from Shaye Moss, a Georgian election worker from Fulton County, who was falsely accused by Giuliani and others of sneaking in “suitcases” of ballots for Biden – a conspiracy debunked by election officials.

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