Following the 2020 presidential election, the one Donald Trump insists was stolen from him by Democrats, Republicans, Italy, a vote tabulating machine company, and a long-dead president of Venezuela, a number of Republicans insisted that he had every right to challenge the election results if he believed fraud had taken place.
Newly obtained emails by the January 6 House Select Committee, however, seem to prove he knew it wasn’t.
“The emails that the committee finally has accessed include four communications between Trump attorneys that appear to indicate they knew details they submitted to courts to challenge the election were false …”
— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) October 30, 2022
The committee has fought for months to take possession of emails between lawyers for the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice and tried to stage a coup, and eight of those they finally gained access to from Trump attorney John Eastman revealed some surprises. Notably, those eight emails include exchanges by Trump lawyers indicating that the attorneys knew the claims they were making in court about a rigged election were false and that Trump signed documents saying they were true in a plot to defraud the courts and the American people.
CNN reports that:
‘One of the emails describes concern the lawyers had about submitting a declaration signed by Trump himself in a lawsuit challenging the election, which said the election fraud allegations it presented to the court were true, the judge’s previous opinion revealed. The Trump-signed statement was sent to court, even though the lawyers knew the allegations within weren’t sound, according to the court record.’
In addition to information in the emails showing the lawyers knew the claims were false, there were also exchanges in which the lawyers discussed submitting the false claims to court specifically as a way to delay certification of Joe Biden’s win.
Twitter had a lot of thoughts about the latest in the Trump coup saga, none of which included surprise that the ex-president or his lawyers were aware that they were lying. Read some of their comments below: