Surprise: Trump and His Cronies Are Still Actively Trying to Overturn the 2020 Election

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Let’s say you were under investigation for attempted murder. While this was happening, it probably wouldn’t be a great idea to try and murder another person, and it definitely wouldn’t be a good idea to get caught attempting to murder the same person the cops already suspected you tried to kill. To most people, this is common sense. But of course, not everyone is savvy to the “don’t try to murder someone while already under investigation for attempted murder” rule, and by some people, we mean Donald Trump and his cronies, who are at this very moment, despite the active congressional investigation into their attempt to overturn the 2020 election, still trying to overturn the 2020 election.

John Eastman, the right-wing attorney who played a huge role in trying to get the election results thrown out more than a year ago, has not stopped in his quest to have Joe Biden’s win decertified, ABC News reports. During a private meeting on March 16, Eastman and a “small group of Trump allies” spent nearly two hours attempting to convince the Republican leader of the Wisconsin State Assembly to invalidate the Electoral College results, according to Will Steakin, Katherine Faulders, and Laura Romero’s report. Eastman reportedly pushed Speaker Robin Vos to start “reclaiming the electors” and either completely “do over” the election or have “a new slate of electors seated that would declare someone else the winner.” As Vanity Fair’s Eric Lutz reported earlier this month, last summer, Vos hired Michael Gableman—an “early supporter of Trump’s ‘rigged election’” claims—to launch an investigation to “restore full integrity and trust in elections” and answer the “many questions” that had been raised about the 2020 vote, which Vos previously claimed was plagued by “irregularities.” Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, told Wisconsin lawmakers in early March that they “ought to take a very hard look” at decertifying the election. So you can see why Eastman and Co. believed they’d have a receptive audience.

Following the March 16 sit-down, Trump said in a statement that “Speaker Vos should do the right thing and correct the Crime of the Century—immediately! It is my opinion that other states will be doing this, Wisconsin should lead the way!” Sources told ABC News that the ex-president “has been in contact with multiple people in Wisconsin working on the effort and has received regular updates from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell,” the conspiracy theorist who was sued by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.3 billion over his unhinged claims about its voting machines.

The Wisconsin meeting is only the latest recent attempt by Trump allies to nullify Biden’s win, more than 17 months on from the election, according to ABC. In February, for instance, Eastman teamed up with a group of Colorado election deniers for an “emergency town hall meeting.” There, the crowd attacked Colorado secretary of state Jena Griswold, falsely claiming she’d participated in an election-fraud conspiracy. Eastman also bragged about election lawsuits in Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin, and said that people who’ve condemned his effort to overturn the results of a free and fair election are “pure evil.”

Incredibly, all of this is happening as Trump, Eastman, and other allies of the former president are being investigated by the House’s January 6 committee. In March, a judge ordered the conservative attorney to hand over emails he’d been trying to withhold from the panel on the basis of attorney-client privilege. The judge sided with House lawmakers, who had argued the documents were no longer privileged if they were part of a crime. “The true animating force behind these emails,” Judge David Carter wrote, “was advancing a political strategy: to persuade Vice President [Mike] Pence to take unilateral action on January 6.” He added that “based on the evidence,” Trump “more likely than not” committed a crime in trying to block Biden’s win. And apparently, he and his pals are still at it!

In a statement, Jefferson Davis, a Wisconsin activist who was present at the March 16 meeting, insisted to ABC News that “John Eastman has never suggested a do-over and did not say so in the closed meeting with Speaker Vos.” Vos’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment from ABC News.

In an interview with The Washington Post published last week, Trump appeared to suggest that Biden should be forced to vacate the White House, and that he should replace him. “If you are a bank robber, or you’re a jewelry store robber, and you go into Tiffany’s and you steal their diamonds and get caught, you have to give the diamonds back,” he said.

In related news…

The New York Times has obtained audio of a December 30, 2020, conference call in which a Trump ally and Roger Stone mentee named Jason Sullivan told supporters of the then president to storm the Capitol on January 6 and intimidate lawmakers into blocking Biden’s win.

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