Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters in Congress still claim, without evidence, that there was significant fraud in the 2020 election that resulted in Joe Biden’s win. Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD), for the House Rules Committee, pressed Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on this issue Wednesday.
In the clip below, Raskin is questioning Gaetz about election fraud. He presses Gaetz to admit that there is no evidence of widespread fraud, despite dozens of cases brought to courts and various levels. Gaetz insistently argues that the lack of court findings does not demonstrate an absence of fraud, but that it’s a failing of the court system.
Rep. Raskin pressed Gaetz on fact that the pro-Trump post-election lawsuits failed, even among his appointees.
Gaetz pushes the talking point about dismissals on procedural grounds. (Some were dismissed on merits.)
Raskin, constitutional law prof, isn't having it.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) October 20, 2021
Then Raskin points something out: the January 6th Committee was originally to have five Republicans with equal subpoena power. However, Gaetz didn’t choose to support the existence of that committee and use that subpoena power to prove the claims the right is making about voter fraud, election integrity, and a pure motivation to ‘correct’ an election they claim was fraudulent. Instead, they opposed it.
“…an independent outside commission with five Democrats and five Republicans, equal subpoena power, right down the middle. And yet Donald Trump decided he didn’t like it, because he doesn’t want anybody investigating Januarth 6th. So he turned against it and then the Republican leadership flipped over and turned against it. I think you voted against that commission.”
After Gaetz admits that he did, Raskins responds:
“So you don’t want to know. You don’t want to know anymore. I know you too well for this. You don’t want to know the answer.”
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