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Trump aides told him that using Pence to overturn election was illegal

By Amy Gardner and Jacqueline Alemany

17 Jun 2022 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

New details emerged during hearings in Washington on the immense pressure Trump put on his vice president to overturn the 2020 US election, even though he knew it would be illegal.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and his aides knew that it was not legal for his vice president, Mike Pence, to attempt to thwart Joe Biden's victory on Jan. 6, 2021, but they nonetheless mounted an unrelenting pressure campaign that did not abate even after rioters stormed the Capitol and threatened Pence's life, according to new evidence presented Thursday by the House committee investigating the attack.

Leading the campaign was Trump lawyer John Eastman, who over the two days before Jan. 6 spoke repeatedly with top Pence aides about whether the vice president would either reject outright Biden's winning electoral college count or suspend the day's proceedings to allow seven contested states to reexamine their popular votes, witnesses said.

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