What the Trump documents could tell the Jan. 6 committee

It is not known exactly what this material covers.

Officer Sicknick died shortly after being attacked on January 6 – though not directly from the injuries he sustained that day – and Officer Liebengood was one of four officers who took his own life after the attack. ‘attack. Their deaths sparked an outpouring of public support for the officers. But Mr. Trump said little about the issue and focused his public remarks on praising rioters and Ashli ​​Babbitt, a woman who was shot and killed by a police officer after walking through the gates of the Capitol. The draft proclamation could show how the document was modified before it was published, and what these changes say about the debate in the White House.

A senior Justice Department attorney under George W. Bush, Mr. Philbin became one of the White House’s top lawyers under Mr. Trump, helping him find legal justifications to defend his behavior. In the final weeks of the administration — in his role as assistant to the White House legal adviser’s office — he was expected to review the moves Mr. Trump was considering. Among the items sought from his records are:

Mr. Trump’s lawyers and Republicans across the country filed a flurry of lawsuits in the weeks after the election. Almost all of them failed. But one of the most notable – and far-fetched – came in mid-December when Mr. Trump’s supporters in the Texas attorney general’s office asked the Supreme Court to disqualify votes in four battleground states : Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The bet quickly failed.

It’s not clear which state official it is or whether the email chain relates to the lawsuit in Texas or an election in another state.

Mr. Trump’s allies have sought to discredit the results in Michigan’s County Antrim, where human error by the Republican county clerk led to an initial tally in favor of Mr. Biden in the heavily Republican county. The clerk, Sheryl Guy, had failed to properly update the software in the county’s tabulation system, resulting in a temporarily erroneous total. The error was quickly corrected and the results were later confirmed by a manual account in mid-December. Trump allies nonetheless seized on those initial differences and won a court order to examine a County Antrim voting machine produced by Dominion Voting Systems. An analysis of the machine and its software – by a cybersecurity firm allied with Ms Powell, Mr Trump’s lawyer – led to the creation of an error-filled report that indicated an error rate of nearly 70% in the count. This report was one of the first things cited in a proposed executive order for the Pentagon to help seize voting machines nationwide.

Under a plan pushed by Mr Flynn and Ms Powell, Mr Trump would declare there was foreign influence in the election, allowing him to use the powers of the Department of Defense to seize the machines. vote and have the votes recounted. To make such an unsubstantiated claim, Mr. Trump may have sought to cite some kind of election security findings.

Mr Flynn’s allies, including Mr Waldron and Ms Powell, said a crucial part of the effort hinged on a report Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe was due to submit to Congress on December 18 on the affairs foreign. influence in elections. Mr Ratcliffe never delivered his report due to disagreement within the intelligence community over China’s role in the election, according to multiple reports. The Flynn-Powell plan came to nothing. The committee also received two pages of memos indicating who received the so-called presidential briefs.

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