The House Select Committee tasked with investigating the root causes of the Jan. 6 riot in the Capitol held its second televised public hearing Monday morning, detailing how former President Trump knowingly lied about allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
The hearing expanded on what the panel presented during last week’s first public hearing, while shedding new light on the inner workings of the Trump campaign as the former president pushed the false narrative on voter fraud.
Here’s what you need to know:
An allegedly drunk Giuliani urged Trump to make allegations of cheating on election night
Before the election was called, former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani urged Trump to declare himself the winner and make baseless allegations of voter fraud, according to video testimony by former Trump aide Jason Miller.
Miller told the House Select Committee that Giuliani, who was “definitely drunk,” was Trump’s only campaign adviser that night, pushing the then-president to that position ahead of the official results.
“Actually, Mayor Giuliani said, ‘We won. They steal it from us. Where did all the voices come from? We have to say we won.” And essentially anyone who disagreed with that position was weak,” Miller testified.
Claims that Giuliani was intoxicated on election night were first mentioned by Deputy Committee Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) earlier in the hearing, prompting an audible gasp from the audience in the cannon caucus room.
Trump dumped team members who would not support false claims of voter fraud
After the 2020 election, Trump’s team repeatedly told him allegations of widespread voter fraud were untrue. A frustrated Trump ignored them and replaced his legal team with people who would corroborate his positions.
“The general consensus was that law firms did not feel comfortable making these arguments [Trump’s personal attorney] Rudy Giuliani made public,” said Matthew Morgan, a former Trump campaign attorney.
Former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, who was scheduled to testify Monday but was unable to appear after his wife went into labor, said during a video investigation earlier this year that he was unhappy with the campaign’s new direction and said he was “I didn’t think at the time what was happening was necessarily honest or professional.”
Stepien said he and his team effectively became “Team Normal” as Giuliani and Trump attorney Sidney Powell reinforced the lies of voter fraud. Stepien didn’t mind the characterization, he said.
Trump raised $250 million from Stop the Steal campaign.
The House Select Committee described an effort in which the Trump campaign used false allegations of voter fraud to raise hundreds of millions of small donors and diverted the money to organizations close to the former president.
“Not only was there the big lie, there was the big rip-off,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), who helped lead the presentation at Monday’s hearing.
In a previously recorded video, Amanda Wick, senior investigative adviser to the House Select Committee, said the evidence presented “highlights how the Trump campaign has aggressively pushed false election claims to raise funds — and has told supporters they are helping to combat.” voter fraud would be used, which did not exist.”
Between the November 2020 election and January 6, 2021, the Trump campaign sent out millions of fundraising emails to his supporters — sometimes as many as 25 a day — spreading falsehoods about voter fraud and urging recipients to “stand up” and “to fight”. ‘ against the ‘left mob’.
The effort raised over $250 million for the Trump campaign — raising $100 million in the first week after the election alone, Wick said.
The emails, which were mostly sent to “small change donors,” solicited donations to Trump’s “official election defense fund,” which didn’t exist.
The House Select Committee played audio from pre-recorded interviews with Trump campaign staffers who said the fund’s naming was for marketing purposes.
The big bucks instead went to the Save America PAC, which donated millions to pro-Trump groups.
The Conservative Partnership Institution, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ foundation and the American First Police Institution, which employs former Trump officers, each received $1 million. Event Strategieties Inc., which hosted Trump’s Jan. 6 rally, received $5 million, while the Trump Hotel Collection received $204,857.
Most of the money didn’t go into campaign processes, Wick said. The Capitol was breached half an hour after the last donation email was sent on January 6, 2021.
“Donors deserve to know where their money is really going,” Lofgren said. “You deserve better than what President Trump and his team have done.”
Barr said Trump’s vote-fraud allegations were “false.”
As the aftermath of his election defeat continued, Trump became ‘detached from reality’, former Atty. General Bill Barr told the House Select Committee on Jan. 6.
In a pre-recorded video testimony, Barr shared his perspective on the fabricated campaign of voter fraud from election night until he resigned from administration in mid-December. He told the committee he had met with the then-president three times in the White House and repeatedly told Trump that what his campaign aides said publicly had no merit. Barr said Trump gave no indication during that time that he was interested in facts.
The former attorney general said that before the election it was “possible to reason with the president.”
“Although you had to wrestle him at times, it was possible to keep things on track,” Barr said. “But I got the feeling after the election that he didn’t seem to be listening.”
So he quit.
“My opinion then and my opinion now is that the election was not stolen by fraud,” Barr said. “I haven’t seen anything since the election that would have changed my mind about it.”
Times editors Anumita Kaur and Jennifer Haberkorn contributed to this report.
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