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Peter Navarro Reveals Trump Distributed Bogus Election Fraud Research to Every Congressional Republican

Peter Navarro Reveals Trump Distributed Bogus Election Fraud Research to Every Congressional Republican

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, former White House adviser Peter Navarro revealed a scheme that, by his account, nearly worked to keep Donald Trump in office. Although officially a Trump adviser on trade and economic issues, Navarro has become a leading promoter of Trump’s grandiose claims that the 2020 election was “stolen” through widespread voter fraud, as well as one of the main forces behind COVID19 misinformation.

Navarro told Rolling Stone he did “research” on how Trump could be legally and rightfully reinstalled — at least in Navarro’s mind — for a second term. That “research” apparently laid the foundation for the “Green Bay Sweep,” an ambitious scheme that would have required the cooperation of former Vice President Mike Pence and every Republican member of the House of Representatives. During the certification of electoral votes on Jan. 6, Pence would “provide a public forum” in which grievances and complaints about “fraud and election irregularities could be aired in 24-hours of televised hearings to the American public.”

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The scheme, which allegedly had the support of 100 members of Congress, was originally concocted by Steve Bannon, who was indicted for contempt of Congress in November after refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House committee investigating the Capitol riot.  Once Congress had created a legal basis for challenging the Electoral College votes, in Navarro’s narrative, there would have then been an unspecified “mechanism” — definitely not mentioned in the Constitution — “that would allow those likely illegal [Electoral College] votes to be sent back to the states for further review.”

At this point Navarro said, at least some Republican-dominated states would “withdraw any certification” of their electoral votes, making an Electoral College majority impossible. That would have thrown the presidential election into the House — and that part actually is in the Constitution — with each state’s delegation casting one vote. Since Republicans controlled more states than Democrats, Trump would presumably have been “elected” to a second term. Not only that, the plan was sent to every Congressional Republican to convince them to align with Navarro’s plan.

Navarro’s “well-thought-out plan” fell apart when then-VP Mike Pence refused to object to the electoral results, after various legal experts made clear that the vice president’s constitutionally-mandated role is ceremonial: He or she supervises the vote count, and nothing more.

In recent months, the committee’s findings have broadly indicated that Trump incited the Capitol insurrection. Navarro claimed, however, that Trump never wanted a violent coup carried out in his name, despite plenty of footage showing the contrary. “My premise,” he explained, “is that Trump wanted only peace and calm so that we could meticulously implement the Green Bay Packers Sweep play.”

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Navarro’s “premise” is resoundingly eschewed by the Select Committee, which has just requested the cooperation of Trump ally and Fox News host Sean Hannity.

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