Trump’s own voter fraud report debunked his big lie, and now the DOJ can use it as evidence against him.
The “Project 2020” report by the Berkeley Research Group has now been obtained by prosecutors investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. A copy was reviewed by The Washington Post, and it shows Trump’s own campaign paid more than $600,000 for research that undermined many of his most explosive claims. The research was never made public.
The Justice Department has sought out and obtained multiple reports, emails and witness interviews that show campaign officials analyzing, and often discrediting, claims Trump was making publicly, according to multiple people involved in the investigation, which, like d others, spoke on condition of anonymity to divulge inside details. Berkeley’s report was provided to the Justice Department earlier this month, one of the people said, after some people involved in drafting it received a subpoena.
The report is significant because it demonstrates that Donald Trump knew there was no voter fraud. Yet he continued to raise funds through false allegations of voter fraud. These big lies were an act of fraud.
Jack Smith is also investigating where Trump spent the donations, and if the money was sent to real vendors or if the old one failed the president pocketed the money.
If Trump raised money based on lies and then pocketed that money, he has committed a crime. The Trump campaign spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a report that contradicted its lies, and that same report could lead to Donald Trump being indicted.
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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