The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol attack said in a major filing on Wednesday that it believed that Donald Trump violated multiple federal laws to overturn the 2020 election, including obstructing Congress and defrauding the United States. The 61-page filing from the Select Committee concluded Trump violated the law by obstructing or attempting to obstruct an official proceeding and defrauded the United States by interfering with lawful government functions. The Select Committee also said in the court submission that it believed Trump “defrauded the United States” by interfering in the certification process, disseminating false information about election fraud, and pressuring state officials to alter state election results.
Trump knew he hadn’t won enough Electoral College votes to win the 2020 election, yet nevertheless sought to have then-Vice President Mike Pence manipulate the results in his favor, the filing said about Trump’s obstruction. Had the effort to pressure Pence into returning Trump to power succeeded, the certification of Joe Biden’s win would have been impeded. “There is no genuine question that the president and plaintiff attempted to accomplish this specific illegal result,” the filing said.
The revelations came as part of a filing that intended to force John Eastman, Trump’s former lawyer, to turn over thousands of emails and records since his participation in potential crimes destroyed his arguments for attorney-client privilege protections. House investigators also said there was evidence to suggest that the conspiracy to defraud extended to the Capitol attack, arguing it was plausible to argue Trump entered a conspiracy with the rioters to disrupt President-Elect Biden’s certification on January 6th.
The facts we’ve gathered strongly suggest that Dr. Eastman’s emails may show that he helped Donald Trump advance a corrupt scheme to obstruct the counting of electoral college ballots and a conspiracy to impede the transfer of power.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) March 3, 2022
The Committee also said in the filing that Eastman’s attorney-client privilege claims were undercut by his inability to show he had been formally retained as Trump’s lawyer. An “engagement letter” that Eastman produced last week was unsigned.
Crucial point illustrated by the 1/6 committee:
Trump pressured Mike Pence to violate his official duty, even *after* he had been extensively informed that he had legitimately lost the election.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 3, 2022
Read the full profile at The Guardian.