The Republican chairman testified before the House Select Committee that former President Donald Trump called it part of an effort to use fake voters to support him.
The new details directly link Trump to efforts to introduce alternative rogue lists of voters in the states he lost, even though his top White House and campaign lawyers knew the approach was not legally sound.
Basically, he turned the call over to Mr. [John] “We were just helping them in that role,” Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel said in her recorded testimony.
She noted that voters were assembled if Trump’s legal challenges prevented Biden from winning.
However, the campaign was not fully on board.
The commission said some senior Trump campaign and White House officials believed the bogus voter plan was not legal, and left the payment to lawyers like Eastman and Rudy Giuliani who rallied after the election.
In an interview with the committee, Cassidy Hutchinson, the White House assistant chief of staff, assured the committee that lawyers with the White House counsel said the plot was not legally sound. She said former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, attended the meeting.
“Still, the Trump campaign went ahead with the scheme anyway,” Representative Adam Schiff said.
Two top campaign attorneys, Matt Morgan and Justin Clark, said in their taped statements that they told Trump’s lawyers who pushed the fake voter scheme that they didn’t want to participate.
“You’re just going after it. I’m out,” Clark told the House of Representatives of a conversation he had with another attorney who endorsed the fake voter plan, Kenneth Chesbro. “I don’t think it’s appropriate. It’s not the right thing to do.”
Morgan described directing another campaign official to Chesbrough, “It’s your job. You’re responsible for moving forward on Electoral College issues. This was my way of taking that responsibility to zero.”
Prior to Tuesday, it was not known that Clark had spoken to the House Select Committee.
A source familiar with Clarke’s testimony says he testified “a while ago” and that Trump was likely not pleased with his former campaign chief lawyer, appearing to say his campaign did not have a case to support Trump’s lies.
Clark is still working with Trump. Last year, he directed witnesses who subpoenaed the House of Representatives to preserve executive privilege, and represented Trump in his unsuccessful appeal to try to stop the release of White House documents from the National Archives.