Trump told of nonsense allegations of electoral fraud - listened to intoxicated Giulian
In the United States, a second hearing on the Capitol takeover was held on Monday. Witness statements confirmed the assumption that Trump ignored the speeches of his advisers and chose to declare himself an election winner.
CLOSEST advisers told former U.S. President Donald Trump that his allegations of large-scale electoral fraud in the 2020 presidential election were untrue and would not lead to a reversal of the election result in his favor.
The matter emerged from videotaped witness statements presented at the second hearing of the Capitol Occupation Congress Committee on Monday.
According to the Democratic-led committee, Trump decided to claim that the election was “stolen” from him, despite statements from his aides. Trump continued to make allegations even as his supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly claimed to have been a true election winner. He has called the committee's investigation a "political witch-hunt."
The purpose of the second hearing on Monday was to confirm the Committee's view that Trump had ignored the advice of his assistants.
William Stepien, TRUMP'S former campaign manager, was originally scheduled to testify in front of the committee on Monday, but according to Reuters, among others, he withdrew at the last minute, citing his wife's birth. The hearing was therefore postponed by 45 minutes, and the committee ended up showing a video of Stepien's statement to the researchers instead of an opinion.
Stepien said he told Trump that it would be too early to declare an election victory at a time when the votes were still being counted. Despite this, Trump announced on television on election night that he had won the election.
- He thought I was wrong. He told me so, Stepien said.
According to Stepien, he and a number of other aides saw himself as a “normal group” trying to get Trump to give up suspicious claims. They had been presented to ex-president Rudy Giuliani and other lawyers, who encouraged him to question the election result.
- I do not think what happened was honest or professional, Stepien told the researchers in a statement.
According to Jason Miller, TRUMP'S campaign assistant, Giuliani wasn't clear when he asked Trump to give the victory speech.
“Giuliani was definitely intoxicated, but I don’t know the degree of her intoxication when she spoke to the president,” Miller said.
Matthew Morgan, the lead lawyer for the Trump campaign, said he had told the ex-president that allegations of electoral fraud would not turn the ballot in his favor.
Already at the first hearing on Friday, parts of a statement by William Barr, the justice minister in the Trump administration, were seen saying he considered election fraud allegations to be “horse shit” and “crazy stuff” and told Trump about this as well.
“I thought, oh boys, if he really believes this thing, he’s detached from reality,” Barr said in a video shown Monday.
“There was no indication that he was interested in what the real facts were,” Barr said.
At Monday's hearing, Barr also refuted allegations of Trump's electoral fraud, including the tampering with voting machines.
Four people were killed immediately in connection with the incident at the CAPITOL. One of them was shot by police and the rest died of natural causes such as a seizure.
About 140 police officers were injured, and one of them died the next day. Four other police officers later committed suicide.
Nearly 850 people have been arrested in connection with the incidents, more than 250 of whom have been charged with assaulting or obstructing the authorities.