The Jan. 6 House Select Committee on Monday delivered testimony in video statements that expressed skepticism about former President Trump’s stolen electoral claims on its campaign team, with many of its staff unwilling to maintain allegations of alleged fraud and themselves due to which statements to be distanced from his team.
“I think I’ve had conversations with probably all of our attorneys who committed to helping on Election Day when they pulled out of the campaign,” said Matthew Morgan, a former Trump campaign attorney. “The general consensus was that law firms did not feel comfortable making these arguments [Trump’s personal attorney] Rudy Giuliani made public.”
When Trump’s campaign team told him allegations of voter fraud were false, “he was frustrated and replaced his campaign’s legal team,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), who co-led the presentation at Monday’s hearing with the chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).
Former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, who was scheduled to appear as a personal witness Monday but was unable to appear due to a family emergency, echoed Lofgren’s report that Trump was “growing dissatisfaction with his team.”
Stepien said he was also personally unhappy with the campaign’s new direction, noting that he took charge of the Trump campaign when it was “structurally and financially flawed.”
“I didn’t think at the time that what was happening was necessarily honest or professional,” he said. “I didn’t mind being called ‘Team Normal,'” distinguishing himself from the Giuliani wing of the campaign team, which promoted allegations of voter fraud.
“There was a lot wrong with the campaign,” said Stepien. “I spent most of my time fixing things that could be fixed in the remaining 150 days of the campaign.”
Lofgren said Trump instead leaned on those willing to air his allegations of voter fraud. The panel played a clip of Giuliani telling Fox News a story about alleged voter fraud, which he said consisted of “100,000 ballots in garbage cans, in wastebaskets, in boxes, in shopping baskets.”
“We can prove everything I just said,” Giulani said in the clip.
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-13/when-trump-shed-team-normal-advisers-for-others-who-embraced-conspiracy Trump changed campaign team to promote election fraud claims