The Trump plan began with an effort to persuade Republican officials in the targeted states — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — to help draft or put their names on documents stating that Mr. Trump was the winner.
That effort was largely spearheaded by attorneys close to Mr. Trump, like Rudolph W. Giuliani and John Eastman, who sometimes communicated directly with local points of contact in the state, or by attorneys who worked in the states. themselves and dealt with Mr. Giuliani. , Mr. Eastman or with Mr. Trump’s campaign aides.
Their stated rationale was that Mr. Biden’s victories in those states would be reversed once they could establish their allegations of widespread voter fraud and other irregularities, and that it was only prudent to have lists of ‘additional’ voters in place for this eventuality.
But, as Mr. Trump had been told by his campaign aides and ultimately even his attorney general, there was no legitimate allegation of fraud sufficient to change the outcome of the race, and all seven states certified victory. of Mr. Biden’s Electoral College on December 14, 2020. Mr. Trump and his allies nonetheless continued with the voters’ plan, with an increasing emphasis on using the ceremonial Congressional certification process on January 6. to derail the transfer of power.
In the end, several dozen of Mr. Trump’s allies in the states signed fake voter lists, and most claimed unequivocally that Mr. Trump had won. But in Pennsylvania and New Mexico, local officials who drafted the documents included a caveat, saying they should only be considered if Mr. Trump prevails in the numerous lawsuits he and his allies had filed to contest the election, and was legally the winner.
With the fake pro-Trump lists created, Mr. Trump and his allies turned to the second part of the plan: force Mr. Pence to consider them during the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6. It was about persuading Mr Pence to say the election was somehow wrong or questionable.