Donald Trump’s plot to steal the 2020 Election and remain in power continued to thicken this week after a court filing revealed that an aide for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows implicated several House Republicans in the conspiracy.
Cassidy Hutchinson provided witness testimony to the House January 6th Committee detailing meetings between Trump’s White House and many GOP lawmakers, all of whom were apparently involved in the plot to have former Vice President Mike Pence reject the official electoral vote count in order to send the electors back to Republican-dominated state legislatures in swing states such as Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia in exchange for electors who would vote for Trump instead.
It’s the fake elector scheme that Americans have been learning about for months.
According to a report by Politico:
Lawmakers who attended meetings, in person or by phone, included Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and numerous members of the House Freedom Caucus.
The new evidence underscores the expansive cast of elected Republicans who had ultimately enlisted themselves in Trump’s last-ditch effort to cling to power. Members traded theories about ways to push then-Vice President Mike Pence to single-handedly stop Biden’s election, they parried with the White House Counsel’s Office on the boundaries of the law regarding presidential electors, and they met directly with Pence’s staff to encourage him to take direct action on Jan. 6, when Congress convened to count electoral votes.
Some of the GOP lawmakers were present in December meetings, Hutchinson recalled, when members of the White House Counsel’s Office raised significant legal doubts about a plan for pro-Trump activists to submit ‘alternate’ electors in states won by Joe Biden. Others attended a Dec. 21 meeting where Rudy Giuliani, then the president’s personal lawyer, and some associates advocated a plan for Pence to unilaterally refuse to count Biden’s electors and instead send the election back to various GOP-controlled state legislatures to replace Biden’s electors with Trump’s.
In addition to these House Republicans, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) has also been implicated in the plot via his own text messages to Mark Meadows. Several of these Republicans were also identified as having participated in the organization of January 6th.
This seems more and more like a major conspiracy to illegally overturn an election and overthrow democracy. The Justice Department needs to take action immediately, in more and more American’s view, by prosecuting all of the participants.
Mark Meadows and his colleagues have a lot of explaining to do.
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