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Key Words: Trump decided months before the election to declare victory if he lost, says former campaign manager Brad Parscale


The bipartisan select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack against the U.S. Capitol held what was likely to be its last public hearing on Thursday.

During Thursday’s hearing, the committee summarized many of its findings, including video of testimony provided to the bipartisan committee by several Republicans and former White House personnel, going on to air new video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other members of congressional leadership trying to summon a military and law-enforcement response as pro-Trump rioters entered the Capitol complex.

One person whose testimony the committee shared portions of early in Thursday’s proceeding was former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.

“President Trump planned as early as July that he would say he won the election, even if he lost,” California Democrat Zoe Lofgren said during the hearing, citing testimony from Parscale.

Depending on the date in July, that was at least 95 days before Election Day, and before votes began being cast.

From the archives (October 2020): Over 100 million Americans voted early in the 2020 election

Also (September 2020): Critics say Trump supporters staging event at early voting site in Virginia aimed to intimidate and suppress

The committee played a video clip of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon voicing a similar sentiment that Trump would declare election victory. In October, Bannon said Trump was “just going say he’s the winner.”

Documentary footage has also emerged of late of longtime Trump adviser and ally Roger Stone detailing such a plan. To statements that Biden had won, Stone suggested, the Trump team, leveraging the advantages of incumbency, would merely reply: “No, we won. F— you.”

Prior to Thursday’s hearing, committee chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said there was “significant information that we’ve not shown to the public” about the events of Jan. 6.

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Also see: Tulsi Gabbard is leaving the Democratic Party over ‘cowardly wokeness’

The committee plans to release a written report and legislative recommendations by year-end, and Thompson indicated the report may come before the November midterms. It’s widely anticipated that Republicans, should they win control of the House, would immediately disband the select committee.

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