Trump says it was ‘my decision’ to try to overturn 2020 election results | ET REALITY

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Former President Donald Trump said he received advice from numerous people shortly after the 2020 election, but it was his decision to push the false claim that he won the presidency and try to overturn the results.

“It was my decision, but I listened to some people,” Trump told NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Trump has been accused of his efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election. He has pleaded not guilty in all cases and denied any wrongdoing.

A central premise of special counsel Jack Smith’s case, according to his indictment against the former president, is that Trump knew the election claims he was making were false after his close associates told him he had lost, but spread them anyway to that seemed legitimate. – all at the service of an alleged criminal association.

“I was listening to different people, and when I added it all up, the election was rigged,” Trump told Kristen Welker in the interview, again insisting on the false claim as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

“Do you know who I listen to? Myself. “I saw what happened,” Trump said.

The former president said he did not listen to his lawyers, who told him that he lost the elections because he did not respect them.

“You hire them, you’ve never met these people, you get a recommendation, they turn out to be RINOs (Republicans in name only) or they turn out to be not that good. In many cases, I didn’t respect them,” Trump said. “But he did respect others. “I respected many others who said the election was rigged.”

After his electoral defeat, Trump tried multiple avenues to overturn the election results. He pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and another official to “recalculate” the numbers and “find” enough votes to allow him to win.

The Trump campaign also attempted to install fake Republican electors in seven swing states.

The House select committee that investigated Trump’s actions in the lead-up to the January 6, 2021 insurrection argued that evidence shows he actively worked to “transmit false Electoral College ballots to Congress and the National Archives” despite of concerns among his lawyers that doing so then could be illegal.

“That evidence has led to an overwhelming and straightforward conclusion: the central cause of January 6 was one man, former President Donald Trump, who many others followed. None of the events of January 6 would have occurred without him,” the committee’s final report states.

Smith’s investigation into federal election interference is one of four criminal cases against the former president. Trump faces four charges in Smith’s case, including obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Trump was also accused in a wide-ranging indictment in Georgia of being the head of a “criminal enterprise” to overturn the 2020 election.

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