The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill is expected to show at its fourth hearing on Tuesday that donald trump and top aides coordinated the plan to send fake voter lists as part of an effort to get him back in the White House.
The panel is also expected to examine Trump’s campaign to pressure top officials in seven crucial battleground states to corruptly reverse his loss 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 phony electors scheme, which has played a major role in its nearly year-long investigation into Trump’s effort to overturn election results. statewide elections.
The panel will show how the fake electors scheme: that may have been illegal – was the underlying basis for Trump’s illegal strategy for his vice president, Mike Pence, to refuse to certify Biden’s victory in certain states and grant him a second term.
If the 2020 election cycle had been like any other when the electoral college met on December 14, 2020 and Democratic voters vouched for Biden’s victory over Trump, that would have marked the end of any post-election conflict.
But that year, after authorized Democratic electors convened in state houses to formally nominate Biden as president, in seven battleground states, illegitimate Republican voters also arrivedsaying that they had come to appoint Trump as president instead.
Trump’s voters were rejected. However, they proceeded to sign bogus electoral certificates declaring that they were the “duly chosen and qualified” electors certifying Trump as the winner of the presidential election in his state.
The false voter scheme was conceived in an effort to create lists of “mourning” voters that Pence could use to pretend the election was in doubt and refuse to formalize Biden’s victory in congressional certification on January 6.
And, as the select committee will show, the fake voter certificates were fabricated in part by the Trump White House, and the entire fake voter 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, a select committee member who led the hearing along with panel chairman Bennie Thompson and vice chairman 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 alternative lists were put together and signed off in the event states recertified their election results for Trump and needed to be sent immediately to Congress. .
But that explanation is difficult to reconcile given that Trump’s attorney, John Eastman, admitted on Dec. 19, 2020, that Trump’s lists were “dead on arrival” if not certified, and yet pressured Pence to reject Biden’s lists even though Trump’s lists were not yet certified. .
The false voter scheme is important because it could be a crime. The justice department is investigating whether Republicans who signed on as Trump electors could be charged with falsifying voting papers, mail fraud or conspiracy to defraud the United States.
If Trump was involved in the scheme and the justice department is pursuing 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 participation of top Trump election lawyers, including Rudy Giuliani.
The select committee will also closely focus on Trump’s lobbying of top 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.
Among other key critical points that the panel intends to examine include Trump’s now infamous January 2, 2021 call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger – who will testify live at the hearing – when Trump asked him to “seek” 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 how Trump is pressuring other state officials to investigate claims of voter fraud in his own White House and campaign. the lawyers knew they were fakebased on testimony from Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers.
And the panel will also hear testimony from Shaye Moss, a Georgia poll worker in Fulton County who was falsely accused by Giuliani and others of sneaking “suitcases” of ballots for Biden, a conspiracy debunked by election officials.