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Peter Navarro Lays Out How He & Steve Bannon Planned to Overturn 2020 Election

Peter Navarro Lays Out How He & Steve Bannon Planned to Overturn 2020 Election

A former Trump White House official says he and fellow adviser Steve Bannon were actually behind the last-ditch coordinated effort by rogue Republicans in Congress to halt certification of the 2020 election results and keep Donald Trump in power earlier this year, in a plan dubbed the “Green Bay Sweep.”

In his recently published memoir “In Trump Time”, Peter Navarro, Trump’s former trade adviser, details how he stayed in close contact with Bannon as they put the “Green Bay Sweep” in motion with help from members of Congress loyal to the cause. Navarro dug himself even deeper with an interview last week with The Daily Beast, Navarro shed additional light on his role in the operation and their coordination with politicians like Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro speaks to the press about former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s upcoming book release, outside of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 18, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

“We spent a lot of time lining up over 100 congressmen, including some senators. It started out perfectly. At 1 p.m., Gosar and Cruz did exactly what was expected of them,” Navarro told The Daily Beast. “It was a perfect plan. And it all predicated on peace and calm on Capitol Hill. We didn’t even need any protestors, because we had over 100 congressmen committed to it.”

There’s no public indication whether the January 6th Committee has sought testimony or documents from Sen. Cruz or Rep. Gosar. But the committee has only recently begun to seek evidence from fellow members of Congress who were involved in the general effort to keep Trump in the White House, such as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA).

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While acknowledging they knew they probably couldn’t decertify the election, Navarro reveals that their hope was to simply run out the clock as long as possible to increase public pressure on then-Vice President Mike Pence to send the electoral votes back to six contested states, where Republican-led legislatures could try to overturn the results. And in their mind, ramping up pressure on Pence would require media coverage. While most respected news organizations refused to regurgitate unproven conspiracy theories about widespread election fraud, this plan hoped to force journalists to cover the allegations by creating a historic delay to the certification process.

Instead, they instigated an insurrection.

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