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Federal Judge Rules Trump Likely Committed Crimes in Bid to Overturn 2020 Election

HeadlineMar 29, 2022

A federal judge ruled Monday that former President Trump and his lawyer “likely” committed multiple felonies in their bid to block certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election. In a 44-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge David Carter ordered Trump legal adviser John Eastman to turn over hundreds of emails to the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Judge Carter determined that Trump and Eastman launched a campaign to overturn a democratic election that was unprecedented in U.S. history, calling it a “coup in search of a legal theory.”

Meanwhile, The Washington Post is reporting that records released to the January 6 select committee show a gap of more than seven hours in President Trump’s phone logs as the Capitol was being assaulted. The Post reports that the committee is investigating whether Trump communicated that day through backchannels, phones of aides or personal disposable phones, known as “burner phones.”

Also on Monday, the House January 6 committee voted unanimously to recommend criminal contempt of Congress charges against former White House aides Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino, after they became the latest former Trump administration officials to refuse to cooperate with congressional subpoenas.

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