January 6 panel claims Trump campaign misled donors using campaign lies: NPR


Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, delivers remarks Monday during a hearing by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.

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January 6 panel claims Trump campaign misled donors using campaign lies: NPR

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, delivers remarks Monday during a hearing by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.

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As the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol wrapped up its second day of public hearings, Rep. Zoe Lofgren linked the Trump campaign’s false allegations of voter fraud and its repeated litigation over the 2020 elections to its fundraiser. tactical.

“If the litigation had stopped on December 14, there would have been no fight to defend the election and no clear path to continue raising millions of dollars,” the California Democrat said.

The hearing, the second in a series on the committee’s findings, focused on former President Donald Trump’s role in perpetuating the lie that the 2020 election was stolen.

Lofgren released a video featuring Amanda Wick, the committee’s senior investigative counsel, whose comments were intercut with snapshots of Trump campaign fundraising emails sent to donors between Election Day and January 6, which many claimed “the left-wing mob was undermining the election.”

“As the select committee demonstrated, the Trump campaign knew these voter fraud allegations were false, but they continued to bombard small dollar donors with emails, encouraging them to donate to something called an official election defense fund,” Wick said.

“The claims that the election was stolen were so successful that President Trump and his allies raised $250 million, nearly $100 million in the first week after the election,” Wick said.

She added that the committee discovered that the fund did not exist.

She detailed how Trump created a separate entity called the “Save America” ​​PAC on November 9, 2020.

“Most of the money raised went to this newly created PAC, not to election-related litigation,” she said, adding that the committee had discovered that this PAC had given millions of contributions to pro-Trump organizations.

Lofgren said raising political funds is part of the electoral process and allows voters to have their voices heard, but they “deserve the truth about how those funds are used.”

“Not only was the Big Lie,” Lofgren said, “there was the Big Rip-Off.”

The first hearing, held last week, found that Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6 riot and that he posed a threat to democracy. A third hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.


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