Reportedly on New Year’s Eve last year, then White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows emailed then Vice President Mike Pence’s chief aide a detailed plan to subvert Joe’s election victory. Biden.
According to an upcoming book by ABC News Reporter Jonathan Karl, former Trump’s attorney Jenna Ellis outlined a multi-step strategy in a note sent to Pence’s chief aide as part of an effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election results as Trump pushed the untruths. election fraud.
In the note, Ellis orders Pence to return the electoral votes of six battlefield states that Trump unfoundedly claimed he won on January 6, the day of the joint session of Congress certifying Biden’s election victory.
Ellis wrote that Pence would give battlefield states a deadline of “7pm Eastern Standard Time on January 15” to submit a new round of votes.
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Ellis added that if a state legislature has not met that deadline, “no electoral vote can be opened and counted by that state.” If so, Ellis wrote that neither Biden nor Trump would stand with the majority of votes, meaning “Congress will vote by state proxy.” Ellis said the scenario would lead to Trump being declared the winner of the 2020 election because Republicans control the majority of state delegations with 26.
Meadows reportedly sent Ellis’s memo to Pence’s assistant on January 1. The next day, Trump aide John McEntee issued another memo to Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short, falsely claiming in the headline that “Jefferson used his position as vice president to win.”
Days before the Capitol uprising on January 6, Trump told his supporters at a rally in Georgia that he hopes Pence “will suffer for us.”
“” I have to tell you that I hope our great vice president arrives for us. He’s a great guy. Obviously, if it doesn’t come, I’m not going to like it that much, “Trump said.
ABC News also noted that in an interview with Trump and Karl on March 18, the former president did not dismiss a report from the New York Times detailing a phone call Trump had with Pence on the morning of January 6 in which the then president tried to pressure Pence by saying, “You can be a patriot or you can be a ****.”
“I wouldn’t dispute that,” Trump repeatedly told Karl, according to ABC News.
Following the call on the morning of January 6, Trump allegedly continued to urge his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn the election results, which included urging pence to “pass for us”, during a “Stop the Steal.” “hours of rallying before Trump supporters raided the Capitol.
Though Trump supporters shouted “Hang Mike Pence” during the attack, Trump told Karl he never contacted his vice president that day to verify his safety.
“No, I thought he was well protected and I had heard he was in good shape,” Trump told Karl. “No, because I heard he was in great shape.”
Trump continued to fully support the chants of his supporters.
“It could have – well, people were very angry,” Trump said, according to ABC News. “If you know a vote is fraudulent, right, how can you pass a fraudulent vote in Congress? How can you do that? ”Said Trump.
After insisting that he would still be in the White House if Pence followed his orders, Trump shunned when asked if he would ever forgive Pence for certifying Biden’s election victory. Trump did not indicate whether Pence would be on his shortlist for vice president if the former president launched another run in 2024.
“He did the wrong thing,” Trump told Karl, according to ABC News. “A very nice man. I like him very much. I like his family so much. But … it was a tragic mistake. “