WASHINGTON – Lawmakers investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection said Sunday they can provide evidence that Donald Trump tried to overthrow his election loss to Joe Biden even though he knew he had lost – a key legal point if he is prosecuted over actions that led directly to the violence at the U.S. Capitol.
Future hearings, including one on Monday, will demonstrate how a succession of advisers also told Trump that his claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election were bogus, Jan. 6 committee members said during a string of Sunday show appearances.
I think any reasonable person in America will tell you, he had to have known he was spreading a ‘Big Lie,'” said Rep, Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the Jan. 6 select committee, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union
Once the evidence is accumulated by the Justice Department, it needs to make a decision about whether it can prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt the president’s guilt or anyone else’s,” he said.
“But they need to be investigated if there’s credible evidence, which I think there is.”
Trump’s apparent self-knowledge that he was spreading a lie “tells you a lot about the president’s responsibility,” he said.