Special Counsel Jack Smith is investigating Trump’s fundraising based on the big lie, and his attorneys who pushed the lie that the election was stolen.
The Justice Department’s investigation into efforts by Donald Trump and his advisers to overturn the 2020 election results is progressing on several leads, people familiar with the matter say, with prosecutors focusing on ads and appeals for funds alleging voter fraud as well as plans for “false voters” that would tip the election to the incumbent president.
Investigators have sought to determine the extent to which these attorneys — particularly Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, John Eastman, Kurt Olsen and Kenneth Chesebro, as well as then-Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Clark — were following specific instructions from Trump or others, and what those instructions were, according to people familiar with the matter, who like others interviewed for this article spoke on condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation.
It seems like Jack Smith is adopting a multi-part scheme. Part of the scheme was the effort to cancel the 2020 election. This is where the fake voters come in. A second part was millions and millions of dollars raised from the big lie that the election was been stolen from Trump. After Trump failed to nullify the election by lobbying local officials and the courts, he moved to 1/6 and what ended up being an attack on the Capitol.
Rudy Giuliani led the fake election plot, but what Jack Smith wants to know is who was leading the plan from above. If it was Donald Trump, that means Trump could be indicted for his attempted coup. Trump could also face charges for what amounted to wire fraud with his fundraising from the big lie.
Giuliani would drink heavily and fear being charged by the federal government, but he shouldn’t be the only one, because justice might come for Trump and his conspirators.
Jason is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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