Trump to Be Implicated in Fake Elector Plot: Adam Schiff

Donald Trump will be implicated in a plan to submit fake electors to overturn the 2020 presidential election, Representative Adam Schiff said on Sunday.

The House select committee investigating last year's January 6 Capitol riot, when Trump supporters tried to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's victory, have sought to prove Trump's involvement in plans to overturn the election results in public hearings, the fourth of which is set to be held Tuesday.

One of these plans involved having Republicans from battleground states narrowly won by Biden—including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—send an "alternate" slate of electors to Washington, D.C. to cast their vote for Trump, even as a majority of their state voted for Biden.

Schiff, a California Democrat serving on the committee, said the panel plans to present evidence that Trump was also involved in the scheme.

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Representative Adam Schiff said the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 plans to present evidence showing former President Donald Trump was involved in a plot to install fake electors to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Above, a split image of Schiff and Trump. ANNA MONEYMAKER/CHET STRANGE/GETTY IMAGES

"We'll show evidence of the president's involvement in the scheme. We'll also again show evidence about what his own lawyers thought about this scheme," Schiff said during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

When host Dana Bash asked Schiff if the panel has any evidence that Trump directed the alternate electors plan, Schiff declined to answer questioning, explaining that he did not "want to get ahead of our hearing."

"We'll show during a hearing what the president's role was in trying to get states to name alternate slates of electors, how that scheme depended initially on hopes that the legislatures would reconvene and bless it," he said, noting that Trump allies "pressed forward" with the plan despite state legislatures not going along with it.

Earlier this year, the Jan. 6 committee issued subpoenas to 14 people who allegedly met in December 2020, a month after the election, as part of the plan. The lawmakers were looking to gather information about how the would-be electors met, as well as who was behind the scheme.

Multiple people advising Trump attempted to use the fake electoral certificates as justification for delaying or preventing the certification of the presidential election—but ultimately failed to do so, as Congress certified Biden's win in the hours following the riot, the committee said in January.

During a hearing on Thursday, Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming congresswoman who is one of two Republicans serving on the committee, said Trump's attorney John Eastman wrote in an email that the plan was "dead upon arrival in Congress," even as he tried to convince Vice President Mike Pence to certify the fake slate of electors.

Democrats in some of the involved states have pushed for a federal investigation into the plot. In January, Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan wrote a letter to the Department of Justice requesting an investigation. Meanwhile, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has submitted her office's investigation to federal authorities.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's office for comment.