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'Kind of Wild/Creative': Emails Shed Light on Trump Fake Electors Plan

By Maggie Haberman and Luke Broadwater

26 Jul 2022 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

Email exchange between Trump aides and outside advisors reveal how plans to overturn the election result was being plotted leading up to the Jan 6 Capitol attack.

Previously undisclosed emails provide an inside look at the increasingly desperate and often slapdash efforts by advisers to former President Donald Trump to reverse his election defeat in the weeks before the Jan. 6 attack, including acknowledgments that a key element of their plan was of dubious legality and lived up to its billing as “fake.”

The dozens of emails among people connected to the Trump campaign, outside advisers and close associates of Trump show a particular focus on assembling lists of people who would claim — with no basis — to be Electoral College electors on his behalf in battleground states that he had lost.

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