House January 6th Committee Testimony Suggests Trump Knew He Lost the Election

The House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot said on July 12 that former President Donald Trump and his legal team knew they did not have evidence for their electoral fraud claims.

“Trump’s legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, knew that they lacked actual evidence of widespread fraud sufficient to prove that the election was actually stolen. They knew it. But they went ahead with January 6th anyway,” Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney said at the panel’s seventh public hearing.

At the hearing, the Committee focused on a White House meeting on Dec. 18, in which Trump “entertained extreme measures” from some of his advisers to overturn the 2020 election result.

Some participants described the meeting as “heated” and “profane,” according to Committee member Representative Jamie Raskin.

“It got to the point where the screaming was completely, completely out there… It was late at night, it had been a long day. And what they were proposing, I thought was nuts,” former White House attorney Eric Herschmann told the Committee in recorded testimony.

The proposal included seizing and examining voting machines and appointing Trump’s lawyer Sidney Powell as a special counsel to investigate conspiracy theories that foreign governments rigged the voting machines.

The White House meeting ended after midnight and Trump later tweeted, “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”

The Committee also showed testimony from a Twitter employee, whose voice was altered to protect their identity.

The employee said that Trump “was speaking directly to extremist organizations and giving them directives. We had not seen that sort of direct communication before and that concerned me.”

The Committee will hold its next public hearing on July 21, which is expected to focus on Trump’s behavior during the Capitol riot.

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