Trump ‘invested millions’ to spread fake news, Cheney says;  New election theories are emerging

Trump ‘invested millions’ to spread fake news, Cheney says; New election theories are emerging

Trump ‘invested millions’ to spread fake news, Cheney says;  New election theories are emerging

IMPORTANT POINTS

  • The House Select Committee said Trump spent campaign money to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him
  • Trump supporters allege that Ivanka Trump and William Barr lied in their testimony as part of Trump’s plan to confuse Congress
  • Other Trump supports claim that Barr was paid by a voting machine company to testify denouncing election fraud conspiracies

Former President Donald Trump has invested millions of dollars to keep false information about the 2020 US election in power, said a lawmaker investigating the January 2021 Capitol riot.

In a public hearing, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY, Trump of using campaign money to promote fake election news in an effort to convince Americans that he won the presidency in 2020 and that it was stolen from him. The fake campaign later led to a siege of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 and the deaths of five people.

“President Trump has invested millions of dollars in campaign money to spread false information, run ads he knew were false, and convince millions of Americans that the election was corrupt and that he was the real president,” he said. vice chair of the House Select Committee.

“As you will see, this disinformation campaign sparked the violence on January 6.”

The House Select Committee has held several public hearings on the Capitol Riot over the past two weeks. During each session, the panel presented evidence and testimony showing that Trump was deliberately promoting election conspiracies despite knowing he was losing to Joe Biden. However, the former president’s most staunch supporters have used the evidence presented by the panel to promote new conspiracy theories about the election.

Former Attorney General William Barr testified before the commission that despite Trump’s claims, there was no evidence of widespread election fraud. Some Trump supporters are now alleging that Dominion Voting Systems, a voting machine company that accused Trump and his supporters of vote fraud, paid Barr to testify.

“From 2009 to 2018, DOMINION PAID BARR $1.2 million in cash and granted him an additional $1.1 million in stock awards, according to SEC filings. (No wonder Barr can’t find voter fraud!),” a Trump supporter posted to Telegram, per The Associated Press

However, Barr was paid by Dominion Energy, a publicly traded company based in Virginia, where he served on its board of directors from 2009 to 2019. The company supplies power and heat to customers in the mid-Atlantic states.

Ivanka Trump, the former president’s eldest daughter, also testified before the commission that she has accepted that the Justice Department has found insufficient evidence of electoral fraud. Jordan Sather, a proponent of the QAnon theory, claimed that both Barr and Ivanka lied in their testimonies as part of Trump’s plan to confuse Congress.

“I can imagine Donald Trump saying to Ivanka, ‘Hey, go to this hearing and say these things. Scare their heads,'” Sather said on his online show.

The House Select Committee is expected to hold another public hearing on Tuesday, June 21 at 1 p.m. ET. It is not clear what the panel plans to present at the hearing.

Former US President Donald Trump ordered the crowd to march to the Capitol on January 6, 2021 Former US President Donald Trump ordered the crowd to march to the Capitol on January 6, 2021 Photo: AFP / Brendan Smialowski

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