The legislative panel investigating the assault on the US Capitol by a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump alleged in a court filing on Wednesday that he and his allies took part in a criminal conspiracy to quash the 2020 elections.
The House of Representatives Select Committee filing seeks access to documents from right-wing attorney John Eastman, who declined to testify, citing solicitor-client privilege.
“The select committee … has a good faith basis for concluding that the president and his campaign members engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” the panel wrote in its brief.
The committee’s comments are not its final conclusion, as the investigation continues. But they were seen as his most comprehensive and damning statement yet on Trump’s behavior as he struggled to cling to power after losing to Joe Biden.
It was Trump ally Eastman who wrote a now-famous memo in which he explained how Vice President Mike Pence could block lawmakers from certifying Biden’s election victory over Trump in what would normally have been a routine session of Congress on January 6, 2021. In the end, Pence refused to do so.
In the filing released Wednesday night, the committee said Eastman’s solicitor-client claims did not apply because he and others, including Trump, “may have committed criminal acts and /or fraudulent” in their attempts to nullify the elections.
The lawmakers said their evidence provides “a good faith basis for concluding that President Trump violated 18 USC1512(c)(2)”.
It is a law that makes it a crime to “conspire either to commit an offense against the United States or to defraud the United States or any of its agencies in any way or for any purpose.” , according to the Department of Justice.
During the chilling events of January 6, after a fiery speech near the White House in which Trump repeated his false claim of voter fraud and urged the assembled crowd to “fight like hell,” the crowd marched toward the Capitol and invaded it in stunning scenes. of violence and chaos.
Trump was impeached for a historic second time after the Capitol riot – he was charged with inciting insurrection – but was acquitted by the Senate.
The former president still dominates the Republican Party and regularly makes remarks flirting with the idea of running for a second term.
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