Trump plan to declare election victory ‘premeditated,’ committee says

Even before the ballots were fully counted in the November 3, 2020 election, former President Trump may have conspired with key influential conservative activists as early as July to claim victory and declare the election was stolen.

The House Select Committee introduced new information showing Trump’s plans to declare victory were “premeditated” and that he colluded with Tom Fitton, Stephen K. Bannon, Roger Stone and others to deny the election results . Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) detailed some of the allegations in her opening remarks.

“This big lie, President Trump’s attempt to convince Americans that he won the 2020 election, started before the election results even came in,” Lofgren said. “It was intentional, it was premeditated, it was not based on election results or any evidence of actual fraud affecting the results or any actual problems with voting machines. It was a plan hatched in advance.”

According to an interview with former Trump campaign adviser Brad Parscale, the former president began contesting the election results as early as July, Lofgren said.

Trump’s work with Fitton included a speech to be delivered on election night in which he would declare victory.

“The Fitton memo specifically points to a plan where only votes counted up to Election Day – there is no Election Day – matter,” Zofgren said. “Everyone knew the ballot count would lawfully continue beyond Election Day.”

Bannon also knew about Trump’s plan.

“What Trump will do is declare victory…but that doesn’t mean he’s the winner. He’s just going to say he’s the winner,” Bannon said in an Oct. 31, 2020 taping broadcast by the Select Committee.

Bannon added that Trump planned to say the election was stolen on election night even if he was behind in votes. “If Biden wins, Trump will do some crazy things.”

Bannon declined to testify and is awaiting sentencing Contempt for Congressional charges. Stone invoked his 5th Amendment right and declined to answer committee questions directly.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-10-13/jan-6-hearing-trump-premeditated-victory Trump plan to declare election victory ‘premeditated,’ committee says

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