January 6 panel alleges Trump is involved in a criminal conspiracy

In a court filing on Wednesday, the House Select Committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 attack said for the first time that it had gathered evidence indicating that former President Donald Trump and others ” engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States” by pushing false theories of voter fraud and pressuring former Vice President Mike Pence to invalidate the 2020 election.

“Evidence supports an inference that President Trump and members of his campaign knew that he did not win enough legitimate electoral votes in the state to be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election during the session. January 6 Congressional Joint,” the committee revealed in court documents. . “But the president nevertheless sought to use the vice president to manipulate the results in his favor.”

President-elect Donald Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, on January 11, 2017, in New York City.

The committee’s extraordinary filing was part of its ongoing legal efforts to force former Trump legal adviser John Eastman to release documents that the committee says outline a plan to void the election.

As part of Eastman’s plan, the documents say, Trump repeatedly urged Pence to “illegally exercise unilateral authority, as chairman of the joint session of Congress, to refuse to count electoral votes.”

USA Today

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