Trying to trademark ‘rigged election’ and other revelations from January 6 transcripts

In a recent transcript, the committee revealed an email from Dan Scavino Jr., White House deputy chief of staff, to Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, titled “POTUS Requests.”

“Hey Jared! POTUS wants to trademark/own the rights below, I don’t know who to see – or ask…don’t know who to talk to,” the email reads, before providing two terms. in bold: “Save America PAC! with an exclamation mark and “Election Rigged!”

“Guys – can we do it ASAP please?” Mr. Kushner then wrote, transmitting the request.

The transcripts also show, once again, the difficulties of the investigators.

Mr. Chesebro has repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, while Molly Michael, an aide to Mr. Trump, told the committee more than 100 times that she had no recollection of the events of the January 6.

The committee ran into a similar problem with Anthony Ornato, a former White House deputy chief of staff who had also served as Mr Trump’s special agent in charge of Secret Service details. He said he did not recall the significant moments several witnesses recounted to the panel. “I don’t recall any conversations having taken place about the president possibly moving to the Capitol,” Mr. Ornato said.

The committee released excerpts of text messages between Mr Ornato and a White House aide, Cassidy Hutchinson – whose statements have at times been contradictory – which appeared to buttress her memory of certain January 6 events she spoke about. In the messages, she relayed that Mr. Trump was talking, as he had before, about going to the Capitol himself, with Mr. Ornato responding to her comment.

Mr. Trump became personally involved in the fake voter scheme, according to Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. Ms McDaniel recounted a post-election call in which Mr Trump introduced her to John Eastman, the lawyer who penned a now infamous memo that paved the way for the former president to stay in power.

Mr. Eastman, she said, then explained how important he thought it was for the committee to help the Trump campaign “bring those contingent voters together,” she said.

Stephanie Lai contributed report.


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