“The four people we have put forward today put forward unsupported theories about election fraud, were involved in efforts to alter election results, or were in direct contact with the former president about attempts to stop the counting of votes,” said Democrat Benny Thompson. The group’s chairman said in a statement Tuesday.
The sapphires represent a significant extension of the comprehensive investigation, as the panel now seeks to compel those at the center of Trump’s motivation to thwart predicted election frauds, including Giuliani, who once served as his personal lawyer. On voter fraud conspiracies.
Investigators have asked witnesses about Giuliani and Powell during previous closed-door interviews, but now want to hear directly from former Trump lawyers.
In a letter to Giuliani, the DHS quoted witness statements and public statements urging Trump to seize the voting machines.
In December 2020, CNN previously reported that Giuliani had asked former DHS official Ken Cucinelli if he could reconsider voting machines in certain states for evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Cucinelli, who told CNN that he had previously spoken to the committee, told Giuliani in October that the department had no legal authority to seize voting machines or interfere in state-run elections. Cucinelli added, “No one has ever pushed us to do anything outside of our current mission.”
In the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election, Kerrick worked with Giuliani to find evidence of voter fraud swinging for Trump. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election.
Regarding Giuliani’s attempt to seize the voting machines, Kerry told the committee that they had seen it, talked to the DHS and decided it could not be done.
Lawmakers asked about Powell and how he was separated from the Trump legislature.
The story was updated on Tuesday with additional improvements.
CNN’s Paula Reid contributed to this report.