Pressure on the sub is illegal
Former adviser: Trump wanted to “steal democracy”
06/16/2022, 10:19 p.m.
Unprecedentedly, former US President Trump sought to reverse the 2020 election defeat. He put massive pressure on his assistant Pence. Even former advisers to Benz and Trump have now condemned it. One speaks of the danger of a “revolution” and a “constitutional crisis”.
According to former government advisers, attempts by former US President Donald Trump to force his vice president Mike Pence to reverse the election result are illegal. Benz’s adviser at the time, Greg Jacob, during a hearing on the U.S. Capitol Attack Commission of Inquiry concluded that “there is no reasonable basis for concluding that the Vice President has that authority.”
Retired Judge Michael Luttick sought Pence’s advice on the matter, saying that if Pence had heeded Trump’s call at the time, it would have plunged the United States into a “revolution” and a “constitutional crisis.” In a written statement, he said Trump and his allies were well aware that he had lost the 2020 presidential election. Nevertheless, he claimed to have won the election and tried to change the decision. The “treacherous plan” was to “steal America’s democracy.”
The panel again showed video recordings of previous witness interviews, during which Trump advisers rejected the theory that Benz may have reversed Trump’s electoral defeat during due process in Congress. Former Trump White House lawyer Eric Hershman called the theory “completely crazy.” At the time, he told one of Trump’s advisers – John Eastman, who promoted the idea: “Are you crazy?”. He also warned Eastman that it would “cause riots in the streets”.
Many were killed in the attack on the parliament building
On January 6, 2021, supporters of then-Republican President Trump besieged a parliamentary seat in Washington. The U.S. Congress convened there to formally confirm the election victory of Trump’s Democratic rival, Joe Biden. The violent mob wanted to stop it. Many were killed in the attack. At the time, Benz was presiding over a congressional session in his role as vice president – legally purely ceremonial. Trump has previously publicly called on his deputy to block the practice – and later to help him win the election.
Shortly before the US capital was attacked, Trump again provoked his supporters at a rally claiming that the election victory had been stolen from him. He openly incited his supporters against Pence. At the time, they were looking for the vice president in the building, calling him a traitor and threatening to hang him because he did not block Biden’s confirmation.
Democrat Inquiry Commissioner Benny Thompson paid tribute to Pence’s position. “He endured the pressure,” Thompson said. “He knew it was illegal. He knew it was wrong.” The country is fortunate that the then Vice President was so brave. “That courage put him in the greatest danger.” Thompson warned: “On January 6, democracy was nearing catastrophe.”
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