On Monday, the Jan. 6 House Select Committee revealed that former President Donald Trump raised over $250 million from his supporter for an ‘Election Defense Fund’ That Did Not Exist.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) disclosed the revelation during her closing statement. “Now that we understand the litigation efforts by President Trump and his allies, I would like to present additional action taken by the Trump campaign during this time,” Lofgren began.
“I am Amanda Wick, senior investigative counsel, at the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the United States capitol,” Began the clip.
“Between election day on January 6th, the Trump campaign sent millions of emails to Trump supporters, sometimes as many as 25 a day. The emails claimed the “left-wing mob” was undermining the election and implored supporters to “step up to protect the integrity of the election,” and encouraged them to “fight back,” continued Wick.
“The claims the election was stolen were so successful that President Trump and his allies raise $250 million. Nearly $100 million in the first week after the election,” Wick continued.
“On November 9th, 2020, President Trump created a separate entity called the Save America PAC,” she added, explaining where the money has since gone.
“The evidence developed by the Select Committee highlights how the Trump campaign aggressively pushed false election claims to fundraise, telling supporters it would be used to fight voter fraud that did not exist. The emails continued through January 6th, even as President Trump spoke on the Ellipse. 30 minutes after the last email was sent, the Capitol was breached,” concluded Wick as the clip ended.
David Cay Johnston, who teaches tax law at Syracuse University thinks what Trump did was fraud during an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN
“Well, I think Donald was too clever by half here,” Johnston said. “I think you can make a wire and mail fraud case. Fraud is everywhere and also a crime.”