“Even before the election, Donald Trump had decided that no matter what the facts and the truth, if he lost the election, he would say it was rigged,” said Zoe Lofgren, a Democratic Democrat member of the group. seeking to shed light on the responsibility of the Republican billionaire in the attack of the US Congress by his supporters on January 6, 2021.
Shortly after that statement, Donald Trump denounced the “parody of justice” of the parliamentary committee’s work in a 12-page statement.
“This comedy (…) is a shameless attempt to divert public attention from the truth (…) which is that the Americans came en masse to Washington on January 6, 2021 to hold their elected officials responsible for the obvious signs criminal activity in the election, ”the former president wrote in the document despite countless evidence to the contrary.
After nearly a year of investigation, the commission delivered a detailed account on Monday of the former president’s maneuvers between the night of the presidential election and the assault on the Capitol.
A few hours after the polls closed on November 3, 2020, Joe Biden and Donald Trump are side by side. “It was clear that the election would not be decided that evening,” Ivanka Trump, the former president’s daughter and one of his closest advisers at the time, said in a statement released Monday by the commission. .
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Yet just before 2:30 a.m., Donald Trump is appearing on U.S. television from White House salons. “Honestly, we won the election,” he says, despite the current tally.
“It was too early to make that kind of decision,” Bill Trump, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, told the group.
One of the only ones to encourage the president in his approach that night? His personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who according to one of the president’s advisers testified before the commission, was “clearly intoxicated.”
Donald Trump “angry”
On November 7, 2020, just before 11:30 a.m., Joe Biden was declared the winner. That same day, Donald Trump’s campaign manager attended a meeting with the outgoing president. “We told him what we thought were his chances of winning at this point (…) that there might be a 5 or 10% chance,” said Bill Stepien.
The president “was getting more and more angry,” says Bill Stepien. The leader decides to change his teams to surround himself with people who support him in his crusade.
On November 19, this new legal team is holding a very confusing press conference. Sidney Powell, one of Donald Trump’s lawyers, accuses Venezuela, Cuba and Democrats of plotting an election plot.
At his side, Rudy Giuliani denounces “a scandalous iron curtain of censorship.” Under the heat of the spotlight, a brown liquid from the hair dye begins to drip down his temples.
Four days later, Justice Minister Bill Barr goes to the White House. “It was a bit embarrassing,” the minister said in a video broadcast by the commission on Monday.
On two occasions, he said, the two men looked together at Donald Trump’s alleged election fraud. «Des âneries», serone ministre from Justice. “It demoralized me, because I thought, December 14th.
In the coming month, Donald Trump and his entourage will continue to spread “these lies” about election fraud to raise donations, the commission argued. Flooding her supporters with dozens of emails a day, her campaign team is raising $ 250 million between election day and January 6, 2021, she revealed.
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“The big lie was also a big scam,” said Zoe Lofgren, who is known for working on the impeachment of three presidents in Congress: Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.
At four hearings in the coming days, the so-called “January 6” commission will continue to present its findings on its year of investigation, placing the former White House tenant at the heart of “an attempted coup ».
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