The Trump crusade tried to use false electors, says Rep. Adam Schiff - NPR

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Rep. Adam Schiff provides remarks all the way through a listening to by means of the condo choose committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack on Tuesday in Washington. Kevin Dietsch/Getty photos cover caption

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Rep. Adam Schiff provides remarks all through a listening to with the aid of the condo choose committee to examine the Jan. 6 Capitol assault on Tuesday in Washington.

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As Rep. Adam Schiff reminded listeners, each four years american citizens cast their votes no longer directly for presidential candidates but for electors pledged to these candidates to the Electoral college.

In December, electors in every state meet, forged their votes and send these votes to Congress, which meets in January to count those votes, and the winner turns into president.

Schiff spent several minutes detailing how, as he put it, former President Donald Trump and his campaign "were at once concerned in advancing and coordinating the plot to change Biden electors with false electors not chosen with the aid of the voters."

He talked about that entailed convincing fake electors to forged and submit votes via fake certificates that mentioned they would best be used in the adventure that Trump received his criminal challenges — however endured the scheme even after courts rejected those complaints. Even Trump's own attorneys doubted the legal groundwork of the plan and some walked away instead of participate, he introduced.

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He then performed a video showing Casey Lucier, investigative counsel for the committee, outlining the details of that plan. She referred to the committee heard testimony that people close to Trump hatched a plan to organize fake electors for Trump in states that he lost within the weeks after the election.

Video clips captured testimony from former Trump staffers who have been worried in or knew of the plot, legal professionals who warned against it and Republican celebration officers. They also certain the lengths the Trump crusade and pretend electors took to perform the scheme.

Lucier said one group of fake electors even considered hiding in a single day to ensure that they may entry the state capitol in Michigan. in a single state, false electors requested for a promise that the Trump crusade would pay their criminal fees if they had been sued or charged with a crime.

false electors did finally meet on Dec. 14, 2020, in the battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wisconsin, she observed. on the request of the Trump campaign, the electors signed files falsely asserting that they were the "duly elected" electors then submitted them to the countrywide Archives and to vp Mike Pence in his means as president of the Senate.

The committee additionally acquired files displaying that the Trump campaign took steps to be certain the physical copies of those votes from two states were dropped at Washington, D.C., for Jan. 6, the day the vote was to be licensed.

Lucier mentioned text messages between Republican birthday celebration officials in Wisconsin displaying that on Jan. four, the Trump campaign requested for a person to fly the false electors' documents to Washington.

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She additionally displayed a screenshot of a textual content that a staffer for Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson sent to a Pence staffer simply minutes earlier than Congress began its joint session on Jan. 6. The Johnson staffer — identified as Sean Riley, the senator's chief of staff — noted Johnson crucial to hand some thing to Pence, explaining that they had been an "alternate slate of electors for MI and WI as a result of archivist did not receive them."

Pence's aide, Chris Hodgson, suggested Riley not to deliver them to the vice chairman.

almost immediately after the testimony, a spokesperson for Johnson, Alexa Henning, said the senator had no involvement within the advent of another slate of electors and didn't be aware of that they might be delivered to his workplace.

"This became a team of workers to team of workers trade. His new Chief of group of workers contacted the vp's workplace," Henning tweeted. "The vice president's office noted no longer to supply it to him and we did not. There became no extra action taken. conclusion of story."

Lucier stated: "although the false elector slates had been transmitted to Congress and the executive branch, the vp held firm in his position that his function turned into to count number lawfully submitted electoral votes."

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