“Bullshit” about electoral fraud and a “drunken mayor” who convinced the president. 14 sentences in the commission that can condemn Trump in the invasion of the Capitol

ANALYSIS. January 6 Commission, date of US Capitol invasion, pursues revelations surrounding Donald Trump

The 14 most compelling sentences from the January 6 Commission hearing

For the second time in the past five days, the Jan. 6 commission met publicly to claim that former President Donald Trump knew he was lying about fraud in the 2020 election — and that he always did.

I looked at the whole audience and pulled out the 14 sentences that mattered most. They are below (in approximate chronological order).

1. “Trump’s campaign legal team knew there was no legitimate argument…to void the election, yet President Trump pushed ahead with his plan for Jan. 6.” Republican Party Representative Liz Cheney from Wyoming

Cheney, the vice chairman of the commission, defined here the purpose not only of today’s hearing, but also of the commission’s larger presentation: Trump knew he had lost, he was said dozens of times that he had lost, and not only did he refuse to accept it, but he also actively promoted conspiracy theories and other false allegations, which he knew to be false, to undermine the foundations of his side. Proving it is at the heart of whether Trump can or should be criminally charged by the Justice Department.

2. “Mr. Trump decided before the election…he was going to pretend they were addicted.” Zoe Lofgren, California representative of the Democratic Party

It’s 100% true. I wrote in March 2019 that “Donald Trump is setting the stage to delegitimize the 2020 election,” adding quotes from the president that suggested so. “When Republicans were in the majority, they never acted with such hatred and contempt,” Trump said at the time. “The Democrats are trying to win an election in 2020 that they know they can’t legitimately win!” Reminder: it was almost 18 months before the 2020 election.

3. “The mayor was definitely drunk.” Jason Miller, former Trump adviser

Here’s what we learned from today’s hearing about what Election Night 2020 looked like at the White House: a) The former Speaker of the House [mayor] of New York, Rudy Giuliani showed up at the White House to talk to Trump b) Giuliani was, according to Miller, drunk c) Giuliani ended up talking to the president, a conversation in which he said Trump should declare the victory – which the president did next. Unbelievable. Impressive.

4. “I don’t know if I had a clear idea of ​​what he should say.” Ivanka Trump

The former president’s eldest daughter was — and is — very clearly and carefully calibrated to how her post-election closeness (or lack thereof) to her father is perceived. She, more than any other witness whose testimony we have seen at the January 6 commission, speaks hesitantly (and briefly) trying to distance herself from her father’s actions without him realizing what she is doing. do.

5. “My recommendation was to say ‘the votes were still counted. It’s too soon to tell, too soon to close the race, but we’re proud of the race we’ve had, and we think we’re in a good stance.” Bill Stepien, former Trump campaign manager

Stepien, knowing that there were still plenty of completely legal votes to be counted, advised the president not to declare victory on election night. Instead, Trump took the advice of the allegedly inebriated Giuliani.

6. “On the very night of the election, the president said there was massive fraud. This happened, from what I could see, before it was really possible to examine the evidence.” Bill Barr, Attorney General

Barr was the star of the second public hearing, making it clear that not only did he believe the alleged voter fraud was ridiculous, but also that he told Trump that opinion in several face-to-face conversations. This quote, in particular, is deeply damning, as it suggests that Trump was alleging fraud even before a substantial number of votes had been counted.

7. “Very, very, very, very, very dark.” stepien

That was Stepien’s analysis of Trump’s chances of victory as the week after the election dragged on. He added that he told Trump at the time that the campaign only had a 5-10% chance of winning.

8. “I didn’t mind being considered part of the normal team.” stepien

Stepien drew a very clear line between the “normal team” — those in the campaign who, over time, clearly believed Trump had lost — and those on another team populated by Giuliani and lawyers like Sidney. Powell and John Eastman. What, well, wow.

9. “That’s not the approach I would take if I were you.” Jared Kushner

After talking and talking to the president a lot about his opinion of Giuliani and the efforts to reverse the election results, Kushner came to acknowledge that he told the president that. Trump obviously ignored him and his advice.

10. “The Department does not take sides in elections, and the Department is not an extension of its legal team.” steer

The Attorney General told Trump in a face-to-face meeting on November 23, 2020. Trump, neither in that conversation nor before or since, seemed to understand that the Department of Justice had long been considered an organization independent in government. in general.

11. “I told him that the things his people said to the public were bullshit.” steer

This quote is from a Dec. 1 meeting between Trump and Barr. This followed an Associated Press story earlier in the day in which Barr said, “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have produced a different election result.”

12. “There was never any indication of interests in what the actual facts were.” steer

Barr said ahead of the 2020 election, he felt he could persuade Trump of facts and realities — although at the time it was time-consuming and a bit painful for everyone involved. After the election, Barr said everything changed — that Trump just wasn’t interested in a point of view that didn’t support his baseless claims of voter fraud. “After the election, he didn’t seem to be listening,” Barr told the Jan. 6 commission.

13. “The 2020 election was not fair.” Ben Ginsberg, Republican campaign attorney

Ginsberg was intimately involved in the 2000 presidential election, which resulted in just over 500 votes in Florida. He noted during his Monday testimony that there was no state that close in 2020. (The smallest margin — at just over 10,000 — was Arizona).

14. “The Trump campaign hasn’t made its case.” Ginsberg

It’s a claim that is often lost due to Trump’s post-election 2020 lawsuits. Here are the facts: The Trump campaign has brought 62 cases to various courts across the country. They lost 61 of those cases. And what they won had no material effect on the vote. (This was to disqualify a relative shortage of mail-in ballots because voters had not confirmed their identification by November 9).

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