donald trump lashed out at the “regrettable” investigation of the riots of the January 6th in the Capitol on Monday, after the committee of the Congress hold a day of scathing testimony accusing the former president of lying to his supporters and losing touch with reality as he tried to nullify the 2020 election.
“The January 6 Unselect Committee is dishonoring everything we hold sacred about our Constitution. If they had any real evidence, they would hold real hearings with equal representation,” Trump wrote in a lengthy release on Monday. “They don’t, so they use the illegally constituted committee to put on a smoke and mirrors show for the American people, in a pitiful last ditch effort to mislead the American public…again.”
The letter concluded ambiguously, as Trump seems to anticipate that he will seek to run again for the presidency in 2024.RELATED
“This is simply an attempt to prevent a man who is leading in every poll, against Republicans and Democrats by wide margins, from ever running for President again,” Trump wrote, before blaming Democrats for inflation and high prices. of gasoline.
“The Democrats know I would fix all of this and they are doing everything they can to stop me, but they can’t stop us,” he continued. “We have to save America.”
Elsewhere in the 12-page message, Trump cites debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 election from conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza’s recent documentary 2,000 Mules.
The film, which has been discredited repeatedly by news checkers, claims numerous people were illegally paid in hotly contested states like Georgia and Arizona to fraudulently collect and cast Democratic votes.
The documentary does not have any concrete evidence that this actually happened, other than a single anonymous whistleblower from Arizona who claims to have seen what he “assumed” were payments going through.
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The film also makes misleading use of cell phone geolocation data, which it claims shows ballot “mules” returning time and again to ballot drop-off locations.
Experts say cell tower data is inaccurate and there are plenty of reasons someone in a dense metro area like Atlanta or Philadelphia might stop by a ballot drop-off location for reasons entirely unrelated to an election.
“You could use cellular evidence to say this person was in that area, but to say he was at the polls, you’re grossly exaggerating,” Aaron Striegel, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame, told The Associated Press. “There’s always a pretty sizable amount of uncertainty inherent in this.”
A spokesman for Trump said his claims of voter fraud and those in the film were valid.
“Just because the fake news media repeatedly say that hard evidence of voter fraud is ‘debunked’ doesn’t mean it is,” Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington told The Independent. “Nothing shown in 2,000 Mules has been refuted.”
She said the film had “uncovered left-wing organizations at the heart of ballot fraud, because the findings are so damning and are one of the many ways that President Trump is proven right about widespread fraud all along.” ”.
He also noted that the Justice Department used cell phone data as part of its case against the January 6 protesters.
During Monday’s hearings, former Trump administration Attorney General Bill Barr was seen laughing out loud at the film’s claims, as he reaffirmed that the 2020 election was legitimate.
“I was a little demoralized because I thought that if he really believes in these things, he has lost touch; he has cut himself off from reality if he really believes these things,” Barr said of the former boss’s take on him on election conspiracy theories.
The former president responded on his Truth Social network, calling Barr a RINO (Republican in name only) who “didn’t have the courage or stamina to pursue voter fraud,” and claimed the former attorney general was “afraid of being impeached.” ”.
At another point, the committee heard testimony that Donald Trump’s super PAC raised $250 million for an “election defense fund” that never actually existed, and instead doled out payments such as a $60,000 fee for Kimberly Guilfoyle, the fiancée of Donald Trump Jr., will give a talk on January 6. (Trump has denied using campaign funds to pay for Jan. 6-related activities.)
Witnesses also said top aides warned Donald Trump that his claims of voter fraud were “nonsense,” but that the former president continued to spread the narrative after the election anyway.