Top Aides Told Trump Election Fraud Claims Were Baseless, House Jan. 6 Committee Hears

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot addressed how former President Donald Trump ignored his top aides who told him that his election fraud claims were baseless.

In the second hearing on June 13, the Committee relied on previously recorded testimony from Trump allies, including former campaign manager Bill Stepien, former attorney general William Barr, and former campaign manager Rudy Giuliani, to show that Trump was repeatedly told on election night that he did not have the votes to win.

Trump rejected the guidance of his several advisers to wait for more votes to be counted on election night, Republican Committee vice chair Liz Cheney said in the hearing.

Barr repeatedly tried to convince Trump that the election had been secure, a clip of his testimony showed.

“I was somewhat demoralized, because I thought, boy, if he really believes this stuff … he’s become detached from reality,” Barr said, adding that the election fraud claims were “completely bogus and silly and usually based on complete misinformation.”

However, Trump followed the advice of an “apparently inebriated” Giuliani to falsely declare victory as votes were still being counted, Cheney said.

Factions developed within the Trump campaign with some aides supporting Giuliani and the election fraud claims while others supported Stepien and repeatedly told Trump that his claims were wrong.

“We called them kind of my team and Rudy’s team. I didn’t mind being categorized as ‘Team Normal,’ Stepien said in a newly aired clip of his testimony.

The two-hour hearing on June 13 came four days after the Committee held its first hearing in prime time.


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