Boris Epshteyn
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A former campaign adviser for Trump has admitted playing a role in an “alternate electors” scheme during the 2020 presidential campaign. On Friday, Boris Epshteyn admitted that he was part of a plot to prop up support for Trump in key states by having illegitimate Trump supporters falsely certify the election in favor of Trump in several states won over by President Joe Biden.

During an interview with MSNBC’s Ari Melber, Ephsteyn was asked if he had ever participated or supported the elector scheme. The former adviser explained the said electors were considered “alternate” and not at all fraudulent.

"Yes, I was part of the process to make sure there were alternate electors for when, as we hoped, the challenges to the seated electors would be heard, and would be successful," Epshteyn said.

According to CNN, Trump’s then-legal team, which included Rudy Guilliani had supervised the said scheme which involved helping Trump electors get access to state Capitol buildings to facilitate drafting fake electoral certificates that were to be sent out to the federal government. Epshteyn had taken part in numerous conference calls with the pro-Trump team holding command center at the Willard Hotel. Their goal was to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s election win.

The plan was to submit documents to Congress that falsely claimed Trump had won in seven states namely Michigan, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania - and all included in a six-page memo from Attorney John Eastman detailing the plot to overturn the 2020 election. All this was said to be on the table of Trump’s team despite the majority of votes having actually gone to Biden at the time.

As the interview went on, Epshteyn was firm on his claims about election fraud and said he did everything legally. He continued and cited how during the presidential elections in 1960, Hawaii had used a precedent for alternate electors.

"So, Ari, everything that was done was done legally by the Trump legal team, according to the rules, and under the leadership of Rudy Giuliani," Epshteyn explained further.

Meanwhile, several attorneys from the seven states have sought federal prosecutors to open a criminal investigation on the said scheme.

Epshteyn and Guillliani are among other Trump associates such as Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell who have been subpoenaed last Tuesday by the House select committee to answer questions on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Donald Trump
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