August 18, 2022

The Home choose committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol raised issues at a Monday listening to about potential fundraising fraud involving an election protection fund for former President Donald Trump.

“The choose committee found no such fund existed,” a committee investigator stated in a video proven in the course of the listening to Monday.

About $250 million was raised for the “Official Election Protection Fund.” A Democratic congresswoman prompt that cash was funneled to Trump enterprise properties and the Save America political motion committee. There may be nonetheless as a lot as $144 million left in that “fund.”

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., led the portion of the listening to that centered on this potential fraud. “The large lie was additionally a giant ripoff,” Lofgren stated on the listening to.

She later informed CNN that Trump “deliberately misled his donors, requested them to donate to a fund that didn’t exist, and used the cash raised for one thing aside from what it stated.”

The New York Occasions cited specialists who stated an investigation of the fundraising would unlikely goal Trump however quite his aides.

Inside the first week after the 2020 election, the Trump marketing campaign raised $100 million to problem the election outcomes and continued to fundraise half-hour earlier than the riot on the U.S. Capitol in 2021. Trump marketing campaign staffers Hanna Allred and Gary Coby testified throughout Monday’s hearings that the fund to problem the election outcomes didn’t exist.

Liz Harrington, a spokesperson for Trump, dismissed the committee’s findings. She stated in a press release “nobody is extra dedicated to fixing our elections” than him. She additionally stated that Trump’s “political spending is completely synchronized with that purpose.”

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A tweet from former president Donald Trump is proven on a display in the course of the Home choose committee listening to into the January 6, 2021 riot Photograph: POOL through AFP / Jabin Botsford

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