The former president of the United States Donald Trump (2017-2021) raised hundreds of millions of dollars from his supporters with his bogus voter fraud theories, Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren said Monday.
Lofgrenwho is part of the committee investigating the storming the capitolargued that Trump used his lies about fraud to “swindle” his supportersto whom he said that their donations would serve to pay for the lawsuits with which he disputed the electoral result and that were dismissed by the courts.
“The big lie was also a big scam,” Lofgren stressed.
The second hearing of the committee investigating the storming the capitol is focused on the disinformation campaign created by Trump and his allies to promote lies about fraud in the 2020 election.
“Today we will tell you the story of how Trump he lost the election, he knew he had lost the election, and as a result of that loss, he decided to launch an attack on our democracy.”summed up the chairman of the committee, Democrat Bennie Thompson.
Before the hearing began, the committee announced that its star witness, the former campaign manager for Trump Bill Stepien will not be able to testify because his wife went into labor and, instead, the public will have to settle for a brief that his lawyer will read.
Stepien led Trump’s re-election campaign from July 2020 until the November elections of the same year and, previously, he had been “number two” of that political operation.
The second witness is Chris Stirewalt, who was director of digital strategy for the Politics section of the conservative network Globe Live Media.
Stirewalt was fired after Fox announced that Biden had won the state of Arizona, something that was later disputed by Trump.
The other witnesses are Benjamin Ginsberg, a veteran Republican election attorney, and BJay Pak, the former attorney general for the Northern District of Georgia who resigned after Trump pressured state officials to overturn Biden’s victory in that state.
The last to testify in front of the committee will be Al Schmidt, a Republican on the Philadelphia city commission who defended the city’s vote count against attacks by the former president.
The committee is made up of a majority of Democratic congressmen, although there are two Republican members -Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger- who are at odds with Trump.
In the assault on the Capitol, five people died, including an officer after suffering a heart attack hours after the assault, and about 140 officers were attacked. In addition, four policemen subsequently committed suicide.