A senior US law enforcement official said on Monday that former US President Donald Trump lost touch with reality when he flooded his aides with conspiracy theories of voter fraud in the wake of his election defeat to Joe Biden.
Former Attorney General Bill Barr appeared in a pre-recorded testimony at a congressional hearing about the 2021 attack on the US Capitol, and described his boss at the time as not caring about the facts that exposed his unfounded account.
“I was frustrated that I thought, boy…that he was becoming detached from reality if he really believed these things,” Barr told the House committee investigating the January 6 rebellion by Trump supporters.
“When I got into this and told him how crazy some of these allegations were, there was never any sign of interest in the actual facts,” said Barr, who likened addressing Trump’s torrent of false allegations to playing the game. – mole.
The committee has been holding six hearings throughout June to make its case that the riots at the headquarters of American democracy in Washington were the culmination of a seven-step plot by Trump and his inner circle to reverse his defeat by Biden.
Trump has ignored repeated warnings from his top aides against falsely claiming to steal the November 2020 election, according to testimony revealed by the committee.
“We will tell the story of Donald Trump losing the election – and knowing he lost the election – and as a result of his loss, he decided to launch an attack on our democracy,” the committee’s Democratic chair, Benny Thompson, said in his opening remarks. .
The second of six planned hearings was shown on videotaped accounts of the former president’s advisers, including Barr and campaign manager Bill Stebbin, saying they had repeatedly advised him not to declare victory on election night because he didn’t win — but Trump went ahead anyway.
“He thought I was wrong, he told me, and that they would go in a different direction,” Stepbin said.
Thompson’s deputy on the committee, Republican legislator Liz Cheney, said Trump chose to listen to the advice of the “apparently drunk” former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani to claim he just won, and insist that the counting stops — to falsely claim that everything was a fraud.
Trump began pushing what became known as the “Big Lie” around 2:30 a.m. on November 4, 2020, prematurely declaring his victory on election night that he eventually lost to Biden by seven million votes.
In his testimony, Barr said Trump alleged major fraud had taken place “right out of the box on election night … before there was in fact any prospect of looking at the evidence.”
Giuliani and his colleagues, including attorney Sidney Powell, will continue to promote the exposed theories of massive voter fraud, which has put them at odds with White House counsel Stebbin referred to as the “normal team.”
Cheney highlighted “distant conspiracies” – which Barr described as “nonsense” – of fraud involving voting machines “with a deceased Venezuelan commoner allegedly grabbing the leads”.
“big time rip”
The commission says the initial allegation of fraud quickly grew into a plot to cling to power by Trump and his inner circle — and a fundraising campaign that raised $250 million between election night and the Capitol uprising.
Amanda Wake, the committee’s senior investigative advisor, said a lot of the money was funneled to the Political Action Committee, which made donations to Trump-loyal organizations.
“As early as April 2020, Mr. Trump claimed that the only way he could lose the election would be through fraud,” said Democratic Committee member Zoe Lofgren.
“The big lie was also big theft,” she said, promising to show how the Trump campaign raised hundreds of millions of dollars from supporters who were falsely led to believe their donations would be used in the legal battle over fraud lawsuits.
All but one of the 62 lawsuits brought by the Trump campaign, the vast majority by Republican-appointed judges, were dismissed, while the lawsuit that was upheld did not affect the outcome.
Eleven lawyers were referred for disciplinary action due to “bad faith” legal efforts to annul the elections.
Powell filed four federal lawsuits in heavily Democratic cities, all of which were dismissed as frivolous, and in Detroit a judge ordered that she face penalties for a “historic and profound violation of the judicial process.”
The committee ended the hearing by returning to the Capitol riots, showing footage of mob participants explaining how Trump’s allegations of voter fraud motivated their actions.
“I know exactly what is happening now. One said.
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