Trump Oversaw a ‘7-Part Plan’ to Overturn the Election

  • GOP Representative Liz Cheney said Trump oversaw a “sophisticated seven-part plan” to overturn the election.
  • The comments came during the committee’s first public hearing on January 6.
  • “You’ll see evidence of every element of this plan,” Cheney said.

Republican Representative Liz Cheney said on Thursday that former President Donald Trump oversaw a “sophisticated seven-part plan” to overturn the 2020 presidential election and stay in power.

“For several months, Donald Trump oversaw and coordinated a sophisticated seven-part plan to overturn the presidential election and prevent the transfer of presidential power,” said Cheney, vice chairman of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 2021 on the Capitol. “In our hearings, you will see evidence of every element of this plan.”

Cheney’s comments came during the first of six public hearings the Jan. 6 panel plans to hold this month to reveal its findings after a year-long investigation. The committee interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and reviewed thousands of documents as part of its investigation. Cheney announced that the panel will feature testimony from more than half a dozen former Trump administration officials who were in the west wing of the White House during the attack on the Capitol.

Some of the testimonies the panel collected found that Trump was “yelling and very angry” at his aides who were pressuring him to respond to the violence, Cheney said.

“Maybe our supporters have the right idea. Mike Pence deserves it,” Trump said also in response to hearing about protesters chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” Cheney said.

Over the course of the series of hearings, Cheney said the House committee will show how Trump has coordinated an effort to stay in office despite losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden.

Trump and his aides knew he had lost the election but were still spreading falsehoods about the results, Cheney said, adding that the misinformation sparked violence on Capitol Hill, according to the panel’s findings.

The former president ignored his White House and campaign team, state officials, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security in his attempt to overturn the results, Cheney said. Trump also planned to replace Attorney General Bill Barr, who rejected his false election claims, with another official who would spread the falsehoods, the panel’s evidence showed.

“The attack on our Capitol was not a spontaneous riot,” said Cheney, a Wyoming Republican who was purged from her GOP leadership post for her criticism of Trump after the Capitol Hill attack.

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