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.”
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.”
“In service of this effort, he and plaintiff have met with the vice president and his staff on several occasions to plead that he unilaterally rejects and refuses to count or prevent the counting of certified electoral votes, and both have also engaged in a public campaign to pressure the vice president,” the committee documents say.
This is a developing story that will be updated…