Trump hammered home his ‘lies’ about 2020 election despite warnings from loyalists

“Even before the election, Donald Trump had decided that, regardless of facts and truth, if he lost the election, he would say it was rigged,” said Zoe Lofgren, elected Democrat member of this group. seeking to shed light on the responsibility of the Republican billionaire in the attack on the United States Congress by his supporters, on January 6, 2021.

After nearly a year of investigation, this commission on Monday delivered a detailed account of the former president’s maneuvers between presidential election night and the assault on Capitol Hill.

Giuliani ‘intoxicated’

A few hours after the polls closed on November 3, 2020, Joe Biden and Donald Trump are neck and neck. “It was becoming clear that the election would not be decided that night,” said Ivanka Trump, the former president’s daughter and at the time one of his closest advisers, in testimony released Monday by the commission. .

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However, shortly before 2:30 a.m., Donald Trump appears in front of American television from the living rooms of the White House. “Honestly, we won the election,” he says, despite the current count.

“It was far too early to make this kind of decision,” said Bill Stepien, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, before this group of elected officials.

One of the only ones to encourage the president in his approach that evening? His personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who according to one of the president’s advisers testifying before the commission, was “clearly intoxicated”.

Donald Trump ‘angry’

On November 7, 2020, just before 11:30 a.m., Joe Biden was declared the winner. That same day, Donald Trump’s campaign manager attended a meeting with the outgoing president. “We told him what we thought was his chance of victory at this stage (…) that there was maybe a 5 or 10% chance”, details Bill Stepien.

The president “was more and more angry,” says Bill Stepien. The leader decides to change his teams to surround himself with people who support him in his crusade.

On November 19, this new legal team holds a most confusing press conference. Sidney Powell, one of Donald Trump’s lawyers, accuses Venezuela, Cuba and the Democrats of having hatched an electoral plot.

At his side, Rudy Giuliani, denounces “a scandalous iron curtain of censorship”. Under the heat of the spotlights, a brown liquid, hair dye, begins to drip down her temples.

“Nonsense”

Four days later, Attorney General Bill Barr visits the White House. “It was a bit embarrassing,” says the minister in a video broadcast Monday by the commission.

On several occasions, he said, the two men together examined alleged election fraud advanced by Donald Trump. “Nonsense”, according to the Minister of Justice. “It demoralized me, because I said to myself ‘it’s crazy, if he really believes all this, it’s because he’s really detached from reality'”, assured Bill Barr, who will resign the December 14.

In the month that will follow, Donald Trump and his entourage will continue to convey “these lies” about electoral fraud to collect donations, argued the commission. Flooding her supporters with dozens of emails a day, her campaign team is raising $250 million between Election Day and Jan. 6, 2021, she revealed.

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“The big lie was also a big scam,” lambasted elected official Zoe Lofgren, known for working on the congressional impeachments of three presidents: Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton… and Donald Trump.

During four hearings in the coming days, the so-called “January 6” commission will continue to present its conclusions on its year of investigation, placing the former tenant of the White House at the heart of “an attempted coup”. .

The main interested party Donald Trump once again denounced the work of this commission on Monday, calling it a “witch hunt”, which according to him “shames America”.

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