Just when we thought things couldn’t get any more heinous, new documents that were reportedly turned over to the January 6th House Select Committee have revealed the harassment and intimidation campaign planned by ex-President Donald Trump’s allies against election officials and “weak” Republicans — the very same plan that would eventually culminate into the worst attack on this nation’s Capitol since the 1812 Burning of Washington, according to a new report from Yahoo! News.
The documents in question were reportedly submitted to the House Select Committee by Bernard Kerik. Kerik, now a disgraced ex-New York City police commissioner, spent countless days and weeks on the heels of the 2020 presidential election trying to sow doubt in this nation’s democracy by spreading baseless conspiracy theories and lies about alleged widespread election fraud with the intent to convince state election officials, and later on the United States Congress, to refuse to certify Joe Biden’s clear cut and fair victory over Donald Trump.
The ex-New York City police commissioner turned felon received a pardon from then-President Trump back in February of 2018, for federal charges of tax fraud and making false statements. On November 5th of last year, Kerik received a subpoena from the Jan. 6th House Committee, demanding that he produce and hand over documents and evidence in connection to his involvement in “efforts to promote false claims of election fraud or overturn the results of the 2020 election” as well as his public promotion of “baseless litigation and ‘Stop the Steal’ efforts.”
In stark contrast to many of Trump’s other allies, such as Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows, Kerik hasn’t seemed to present the same defiance to the House Committee’s subpoenas and demands. Instead, the former law enforcement official has apparently been cooperating with the investigation — having already produced some of the documents the committee has requested as well as agreed to voluntarily hand over evidence in an interview with committee members.
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Among the various documents provided to the committee by Kerik was a 22-page “strategic communications plan” that was meant to be executed between Dec. 27th, 2020, and Jan. 6th, 2021, the very day that Donald Trump’s supporters violently stormed the Capitol building in a last-ditch effort to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College win.
According to the documents, the end goal (at least on paper) of the “nationwide communications outreach campaign” was to “educate the public” about the baseless claims of election fraud and to “inspire citizens to call upon legislators and Members of Congress to disregard the fraudulent vote count and certify the duly-elected President Trump.”
Their plan specifically targeted GOP state legislators in swing states secured by President Biden, as well as various GOP members of both branches of Congress.
The documents outlined various coordinated talking points among the various Trump allies who were to be included in the plan. However, the plan ultimately went far and beyond pumping out a few conspiracy theorists talking points. Per the documents provided by Kerik, “rallies and protests” were to be organized and enacted in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — including but not limited to protests at the homes of “local officials,” state secretaries, and “weak members.”
The report notes that it’s unclear whether or not Kerik’s plan was fully enacted, however, the homes of election officials were regularly targeted by pro-Trump protesters following Biden’s victory.
Georgia election worker Ruby Freeman claims she was forced to flee her home at one point after she found her home surrounded by “a crowd on foot and in vehicles” on January 6th of 2021 — the same day as the infamous Capitol insurrection. She also claimed that supporters of the now-ex-president attempted to force their way into her grandmother’s home to enact a “citizen’s arrest” against the elderly woman.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, when asked of Kerik’s plan to specifically target the homes of secretaries of state with protests, said she would “never forget the moment armed protestors gathered outside [her] home in the dark of night last December, not the images of the tragedy at our US Capitol on January 6.”
“This abhorrent, un-American, failed effort of those unhappy with the results of the 2020 election to try to intimidate me and many others from protecting and defending the will of the voters in our states shows just how far some were – and are – willing to go to undo democracy in America today,” she stated. “Everyone involved in planning these un-American attacks on our democracy must face consequences or we risk seeing an escalated, intensified, and potentially more violent recurrence of these attempts in the future.”
You can read the full report from Yahoo! News here.
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