Former United States President Donald Trump and his associates actively sought to prevent the country’s Congress from approving the results of the 2020 presidential election. Trump also spread disinformation and attempted to force states to annul the election result.
This is what the House committee investigating the storming of the Capitolium on January 6 last year says. Investigators can report with good reason that the president tried to “deceiive the United States.”
Rejected press conference
“The evidence supports the conclusion that President Trump and his campaign staff know that he did not receive enough valid votes to declare him the winner of the 2020 presidential election,” the committee wrote in a court filing, according to the Associated Press.
“But the president is still trying to get the vice president to manipulate the outcome in his favour,” she added.
The information is contained in a letter filed in a district court in California due to Trump’s counsel, attorney John Eastman, filing a lawsuit and trying to prevent investigators from accessing the documents they requested.
Investigators claim that they should have the right to be involved in the Eastman documents because they believe this is a communication about ongoing or future crimes. The investigation also includes testimonies and emails from several Trump employees at the time.
Attorney General and Trump’s aide Richard Donoghue testified that the then-president tried to persuade the Department of Justice to declare the election “corrupt, suspicious, or unreliable” and to go out with it at a press conference — which the department reportedly rejected. CNN.
Trump official Greg Jacob wrote in an email to Eastman, who consulted with the former president as he tried to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, that Eastman’s legal theories would not be approved by the Supreme Court. Jacob ended the email, sent January 6 at 12.14, with:
“And thanks to your nonsense, we are now under siege.”
During the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, about 140 police officers were injured and five people died during the chaos that lasted for several hours. Hundreds of people have so far been accused of crimes.
Facts: The attack on the US Congress
On January 6, 2021, members of the US Congress gather in the Capitol building, called the Capitol, to count the electoral votes for the presidential election and formally nominate Democrat Joe Biden to be the election winner and the next president.
In Washington, DC, tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters attended a political rally at the same time. At the meeting, Trump reiterated his allegations of systematic electoral fraud and urged his supporters to go to Congress: “If you don’t fight hell, you don’t have a state anymore,” he said.
They did as he said. The protests turned violent when hundreds of people stormed the Capitol and clashed with police.
Five people were killed in the attack, including a police officer.