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Lie over election fraud must end immediately

| July 14, 2022 1:00 AM

On July 6, the Brookings Institute released some of the findings of the Jan. 6 committee.

After interviewing over 1,000 people, many of whom are Republicans from the Trump administration, the institute published four of the key findings of that committee.

  1. Donald Trump was intimately involved in the campaign to overturn the 2020 election. There remains no question that the attempt to negate the results of the most secure election in U.S. history was planned far in advance of Jan. 6. Hundreds of cell phone records leave no doubt this was planned, beginning right after Trump’s defeat Nov. 4.

  2. Trump was told by several close aides that he had lost a fair election. These include his Attorney General, William Barr; campaign officials, Jason Miller and Bill Stepien; and lead data expert, Matt Oczkowski. Trump’s own chief of cyber security, Kris Krebs, also said this, and was fired immediately.

  3. More than 100 Republican members of Congress were involved in the plot to reverse the election, and after Jan. 6, many sought pardons from Trump. Does seeking a pardon indicate innocence or guilt? This indicates the depth of the plot to overthrow the government of the U.S.

  4. The claim of election fraud from Trump and company has resulted in many vicious threats against election officials who refute that claim, a typical response seen in authoritarian regimes. Violence is the last resort of a desperate attempt to subvert free elections, and the GOP is complicit in this.

This lie must stop now.

DAN STRAYER

Bonners Ferry

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