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Trump Facing Fraud Charges After Bilking Supporters Out Of $250 Million For Bogus ‘Election Defense Fund’

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol revealed Monday that failed, one-term former president Donald Trump likely committed yet another crime in connection with his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Senior investigative counsel Amanda Wick noted:

“The Trump campaign knew that these claims of voter fraud were false yet they continued to barrage small-dollar donors with emails encouraging them to donate to something called the ‘Official Election Defense Fund.’ The select committee discovered no such fund existed.”

Committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) also touched on the subject of the bogus defense fund:

“Mr. Chairman, at this time I would ask for unanimous consent to include in the record a video presentation describing how President Trump used the lies he told to raise millions of dollars from the American people. These fund-raising schemes were also part of the effort to disseminate the false claims of election fraud.”

That means Trump and anyone else associated with the fake election defense fund can be charged with wire fraud, according to former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, who explained on MSNBC:

“If [Trump] is using a lie as a false pretense to collect money from people, that could also be a charge of wire fraud, so, in that way, we may have seen an expansion of the potential liability here.”

Wire fraud, it should be noted, is defined as:

Wire fraud occurs when interstate wirings are used in furtherance of a criminal act. In order for a defendant to be convicted under 18 U.S.C. 1343 for committing wire fraud, the follow elements must be satisified: (1) the defendant must have been engaged in a scheme to defraud; (2) the scheme must have involved material misstatements or omissions; (3) the scheme resulted, or would have resulted upon completion, in the loss of money, property, or honest services; (4) the defendant must have used interstate wirings in furtherance of scheme to defraud; and (5) the defendant used or caused the use of interstate wirings.

The crimes allegedly committed by Trump continue to mount.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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