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Powell reveals on the tapes that Trump deliberately ignored counsel telling him he lost the election — undermining his argument that he truly believed in good faith the election was rigged.
"There was really never any serious effort to uncover voter fraud or any serious belief in its existence,"
"It sounds very much like this was a political strategy from the beginning. Generate fake electors, go to the state legislators and state officials, the Republican members of Congress, that's the path forward. It doesn't really matter if we keep losing these claims.
"That is shocking. That's illegal. We got toward that, but this is more direct evidence. The other thing that comes through to me in all of these new debriefing tapes that are coming out is how much engaged the president was himself. A key fact for Jack Smith, Fani Willis, will be a personal involvement. He was briefed by [attorney Kenneth] Chesebro directly on the fake electors plans. He's talking directly to Sidney Powell about these theories of election fraud, which are debunked. He is not a passive observer being advised by lawyers. He's engaged in discussions and controlling and understanding a plot. Those are two significant things, very relevant in both cases."
"The other thing that Powell indicates very directly is she was present in repeated explanations to the president," said Heaphy. "Again, go back to [former Attorney General] Bill Barr's analogy about the clown car. There are capable lawyers that had been with the president throughout his time. His campaign lawyers, even on the political side, yet he listens to or adopts the flawed reasoning of people like the clown car. Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis, who is not far out of law school, had no experience — these are the people on which he's going to claim to rely when the pros in the room are continually telling him in the presence of the clown car. All significant evidence of his understanding and his intent."
And none of that is surprising in the least. In fact it was always patently obvious that Trump was doing absolutely anything he could to stay in power, including staging a rally on Jan. 6th and telling the crowd that he had been riling up for years to go over to the Capitol and "fight like hell" to interrupt the transfer of power.