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Jan 6 Panel Releases Damning Text Placing Trump and GOP Lawmakers at Center of Plot to Overturn Election

Well, this changes everything.

Former high-ranking Trump advisor Peter Navarro’s testimony is being sought by the House Select Committee investigating January 6, 2021. Specifically, they want information “about his role in the attempt to overturn the election.”

The “him” at issue here is Trump himself.

The committee published a text message sent to former chief of staff Mark Meadows, without specifying who it was from, that implicated Navarro in a scheme to delay the certification of the 2020 election. But more importantly, it said that Trump participated in the phone call that Navarro facilitated in order to achieve that goal.

Earlier this week, the Committee voted to hold both Navarro and Dan Scavino in criminal contempt of Congress.

Trump spoke to at least 300 state legislators from the battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin during a Zoom call just before the insurrection. It was hosted by “Got Freedom?” The non-profit 501(c)(4) group urged those lawmakers to review election results to determine whether the election process was unlawful.

They were directly asked to consider decertifying the results in their respective states.

Liberty University Law Professor Phil Kline, who hosted the call, said “This information should serve as an important resource for state legislators as they make calls for state legislatures to meet to investigate the election and consider decertifying their state election results.”

Claiming that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was involved in depressing turnout in conservative areas and boosting Democratic turnout, Kline said that “elected officials deserve to have all relevant info at their disposal as they consider whether to accept the reported results of the 2020 elections, especially in states where the process was influenced by private interests.”

Details about Trump’s personal involvement in this Zoom meeting could change everything.

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