Donald Trump plotted fake electors scheme, January 6 panel set to show

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/21/donald-trump-plotted-fake-electors-scheme-january-6-panel-set-to-show

Committee also expected to probe Trump’s pressure on officials in crucial states to corruptly reverse his election defeat

If Donald Trump was involved in the fake electors scheme, the former president may face a criminal investigation.
If Donald Trump was involved in the fake electors scheme, the former president may face a criminal investigation. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP
 

The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack is expected to show at its fourth hearing on Tuesday that Donald Trump and top advisers coordinated the scheme to send fake slates of electors as part of an effort to return him to the White House.

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

 

At the afternoon hearing, the select committee is expected to focus heavily on the fake electors scheme, which has played a large part in its nearly year-long investigation into Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the election at the state level.

 
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The panel will show how the fake electors scheme – which may have been illegal – was the underlying basis for Trump’s unlawful strategy to have his vice-president, Mike Pence, refuse to certify Biden’s win in certain states and grant him a second term.

If the 2020 election cycle had been like any other, when the electoral college convened on 14 December 2020 and Democratic electors attested to Biden’s victory over Trump, that would have marked the end of any post-election period conflict.

But that year, after the authorized Democratic electors met at statehouses to formally name Biden as president, in seven battleground states, illegitimate Republican electors arrived too, saying they had come to instead name Trump as president.

The Trump electors were turned away. However, they nonetheless proceeded to sign fake election certificates that declared they were the “duly elected and qualified” electors certifying Trump as the winner of the presidential election in their state.

The fake electors scheme was conceived in an effort to create “dueling” slates of electors that Pence could use to pretend the election was in doubt and refuse to formalize Biden’s win at the congressional certification on 6 January.

 

And, the select committee will show, the fake election certificates were in part manufactured by the Trump White House, and that the entire fake electors scheme was coordinated by Trump and his top advisers, including former chief of staff Mark Meadows.

“We will show evidence of the president’s involvement in this scheme,” congressman Adam Schiff, the select committee member leading the hearing alongside the panel’s chairman, Bennie Thompson, and vice-chair, Liz Cheney, said on CNN on Sunday.

Members of Trump’s legal team insist this is a distorted characterization of the scheme, saying the so-called alternate slates were put together and signed in case the states did re-certify their election results for Trump and they needed to be sent right away to Congress.

But that explanation is difficult to reconcile given that the Trump lawyer John Eastman admitted in a 19 December 2020 the Trump slates were “dead on arrival” if they were not certified, and yet still pushed Pence to reject Biden’s slates even though Trump slates were still not certified.

The fake electors scheme is important because it could be a crime. The justice department is investigating whether the Republicans who signed as electors for Trump could be charged with falsifying voting documents, mail fraud or conspiracy to defraud the United States.

If Trump was involved in the scheme, and the justice department pursues a case, then the former US president may also have criminal exposure. 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 set to closely focus on Trump’s pressure campaign on leading Republican state officials in the weeks and months after the election, according to a committee aide who previewed the hearing on a briefing call with reporters.

 
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Among other key flash points that the panel intends to examine include Trump’s now-infamous 2 January 2021 call with Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger – who will testify live at the hearing – when Trump asked him to “find” votes to make him win 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 the Washington Post and House investigators working for the select committee.

The select committee will describe Trump pressuring other state officials to investigate election fraud claims his own White House and campaign lawyers knew were false, relying on testimony from the Arizona house speaker, Rusty Bowers.

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

7 thoughts on “Donald Trump plotted fake electors scheme, January 6 panel set to show

  1. Of course MANY of us want to see this Class-A Jerk GO DOWN! However, even though the evidence keeps building, he is one slippery eel! Until it actually happens, it’s difficult to even imagine.

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    1. Hello Nan. I agree. I like how the Jan 6 panel is putting everything out there and it is so very clear after today’s hearings that tRump not only orchestrated this, pushed this, knew it was wrong, but that his goal was clearly to deny democracy and the vote of the people. He wanted to hold on to power and he did not care who it hurt or what it took. He flat out tried to do the mob boss threatening of people and when that did not work got even more explicit about his threats. The thing that got me angriest today was the testimony of Shay and Lady Ruby. I had read what happened to this black mother and her daughter but until they testified, I did not realize how terrifying it was and how it totally changed both their lives. The daughter is still scared to go out. Both of them are scared someone will use their names in public. tRump’s repeated attacks on them personally and his brownshirt thugs willingness to terrorize these women drove them to forced seclusion. Did you hear the testimony? The FBI told Ruby it was not safe anymore for her to be in her own home and she had to find a place to live for two months. How do normal people find the money to do that? The economic ruin to her business was devastating, and her daughter had to quit her job. The maga thugs destroyed these people because tRump kept singling them out as stealing the election from him. I hope they can sue him and get all that they lost back. Hugs

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      1. I have not heard anything about these two ladies. But then, I’m not paying as close attention as you (and others) are. I’m mainly reading about it via various news media. I trust the committee to do their job. No matter what happens, people are still going to choose sides and accuse the other side of lying.

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        1. Hello Nan. I am sure you will hear more about them. They were as someone said the soul of the hearings. The hearing did not cover that the mother was kidnapped by maga people who told her to confess and they would make it easier on her. They were just average poll workers who got dragged into it all. One thing Shaye said was all the regular neutral poll workers are gone. All replaced by maga people. This is going to be bad. Hugs

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  2. In the current climate the worse thing which can happen to an average old school mature republican is for all these schemes of MAGA to come to fruition.
    There will be the proverbial Hell to Pay and they will associated with it.

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    1. Hello Roger. Oh yes the old school Republicans are under the gun from attacks by maga Republicans on their right. To the new breed of Republicans there can be no such thing as far enough right or too far right. Hugs

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      1. That suggests a possible fracturing of the party. People will be required to make a choice between their traditional values and ‘The New Faith’.
        Not all republican voters were White Supremacist Evangelicals. Once it seemed to have a wider constituency.
        Salvation for the USA may yet come, but from unexpected places.
        I stress the word ‘may’ Scottie.

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