Former President Trump and his loyal associates set up “war rooms” at a hotel in downtown Washington where they planned their efforts to overturn the 2020 election in the days leading up to January 6.
Trump and his company have set up a command center consisting of multiple rooms and suites at the Willard Hotel in DC, where they strategized to try to reinstate Trump for a second term despite losing the 2020 election to Joe. Biden, the Washington Post reported.
The operation was described as “intense” and those involved worked around the clock in the days leading up to the insurgency and even on January 6 when Congress met to count the electoral votes. reported the Post.
The operation has been described as “intense” and involves working around the clock in the days leading up to the insurgency (pictured) and even on January 6.
“You are the real power,” Trump told state lawmakers in a bid to call off the election. “It is you who will make the decision”
The team was led by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and included former Trump chief White House strategist Steve Bannon as an adviser and former NYPD police commissioner Bernard Kerik , who was present as an investigator.
Academic John Eastman was also involved in strategizing, who, in a Jan. 4 Oval Office meeting with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, pressured the Vice President to is trying to use his powers to delay or potentially block certification of the Jan. 6 election to aid Trump’s efforts.
The House Special Committee is currently investigating the January 6 MAGA riot on Capitol Hill.
They subpoenaed Steve Bannon, who was charged with criminal contempt for failing to appear before the committee last week, as well as the organizers of the Stop the Steal rally, former official of the Ministry of Justice Jeffrey Clark, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Director of Communications Dan Scavino and Pentagon Chief of Staff Kashyap Patel.
Academic John Eastman was also involved, who pressured the vice president to try to use his powers to delay or potentially block the certification of the election.
The team was led by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (pictured)
The committee requested documents and communications related to the legal advice and analysis given by Eastman, including a two-page six-point plan outlining how Pence could overturn the election for Trump.
The strategy of the loyal associate was to publish supposed evidence of fraud, to push state legislatures to challenge Biden’s victory and calling on Trump supporters to pressure Republican lawmakers in key states, the Post reported.
From the command center, Trump’s allies got to work, calling on lawmakers in swing states like Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona, to encourage them to call special sessions to investigate fraud and reallocate votes from Biden’s constituencies to Trump, the Post reported.
On January 2 alone, Trump, Giuliani and Eastman spoke to 300 state lawmakers on a conference call that provided them with alleged evidence of fraud and called on them to take action to ‘decertify’ their election results. , reported the Washington Examiner.
“You are the real power,” Trump told state lawmakers. “You are the one who will make the decision. “
The call appeared to persuade some, and on January 5, dozens of lawmakers from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin wrote to Pence, asking him to delay certification of victory for 10 days. of Biden to allow ‘our respective bodies to meet, investigate and as a voting body on the certification or revocation of the election.’
These efforts were confirmed by several of Trump’s loyalists present at these meetings.
In May, Eastman told talk show host Peter Boyles he was in the so-called “war room” on the day of the riots.
“We had a war room at the Willard… that sort of coordinated all of the communications,” he said.
Eastman says he has yet to be contacted by the select committee and, when asked by The Post about his involvement with the team, did not elaborate, citing the confidentiality of the client’s attorney.
“As far as I was there, it was a discussion of lawyers. You are not getting any comment from me on this, ”he said.
Senior campaign aide and former White House special aide Boris Epshteyn told the Post that even now he believes Pence has a right to delay electoral certifications.
“I firmly believed at the time, as I believe now, that the Vice President – as Speaker of the Senate – had the constitutional authority to return the matter to the States for 10 days to investigate the widespread fraud and report well in advance of the inauguration. Day, January 20, ”Epshteyn said. “Our efforts have been focused on conveying this message.”
Earlier this week, Trump sued the House select committee after subpoenaing a number of his former advisers and demanding White House documents from the National Archives.
Trump is asking a federal court in Washington, DC, to ban the National Archivist from handing over treasures of information about the inner workings of the White House as part of his investigation into the January 6 riot.
Trump’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, includes both the committee itself and its chairman, Representative Bennie Thompson, as well as archivist David Ferriero.
The dossier claims that the committee “decided to harass President Trump and senior members of his administration (among others) by sending an illegal, unfounded, overbroad request for documents to the US Archivist.”