Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the Home choose committee investigating the Jan. 6 rebellion, stated the identical individuals who had been pressuring former Vice President Mike Pence to reject electoral votes had been additionally working to stress state election officers.
“Donald Trump had a direct and private position on this effort as did Rudy Giuliani, as did John Eastman,” Cheney stated in her opening remarks at as we speak’s listening to. “In different phrases, the identical folks who had been making an attempt to stress vice chairman Mike Pence to reject electoral votes illegally had been additionally concurrently working to reverse the end result of the 2020 election on the state stage.”
“Every of those efforts to overturn the election is independently severe,” she added.
“Every deserves consideration each by Congress and by our Division of Justice,” Cheney stated.
At its third listening to of the month final week, the committee tried to attach Trump’s stress marketing campaign in opposition to Pence to the violence on Jan. 6 by weaving collectively testimony from Pence aides, Trump’s public statements and feedback from rioters on the Capitol. The committee confirmed Trump was informed repeatedly that his plan for Pence to overturn the election was unlawful, however he tried to do it anyway.
Cheney stated these stress campaigns had been each performed for a broader function and “all of this was performed in preparation for Jan. 6.”
She reiterated the committee’s level that Trump had been informed that there was no foundation for his election fraud claims.
Cheney performed a clip of former legal professional normal William Barr in a recorded deposition saying the claims had “no advantage.”
“We took a glance, exhausting take a look at this ourselves, and based mostly on our evaluation of it, together with the interviews of the important thing witnesses, the Fulton county allegations had been… had no advantage. The ballots underneath the desk had been reliable ballots. They weren’t in a suitcase,” Barr stated within the video.
Some context: At a earlier committee listening to, BJay Pak, the previous US legal professional for the North District of Georgia, testified that his workplace discovered that the alleged “suitcase filled with ballots” in Georgia was an official lockbox.