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Steve Bannon Wants Trump's Lawyers to Focus on Alleged Voter Fraud at Impeachment Trial

Steve Bannon Wants Trump's Lawyers to Focus on Alleged Voter Fraud at Impeachment Trial
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By    |   Friday, 05 February 2021 08:03 PM

President Donald Trump's legal team should focus on alleged voter fraud during next week's impeachment trial, according to former White House adviser Steve Bannon.

"He is not going to be convicted, so we must address November 3. And the best place to adjudicate this is the well of the U.S. Senate," Bannon told Politico. "It has to be dramatic, it has to be big. It has to be the big lie versus the big steal."

Trump likely will be acquitted at the trial scheduled to begin Feb. 9. Nearly four dozen Republican senators voted to declare the impeachment unconstitutional, so it appeared there was little chance 17 GOP members will join Democrats to convict the former president.

Bannon said Democrats will use the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol to try and damage the former president "forever." He backs a strategy of bringing up Trump's voter fraud allegations, which have been shot down by courts and state election officials.

"The Democrats have a very emotional and compelling case," Bannon said in the interview published Friday. "They're going to try to convict him in the eyes of the American people and smear him forever."

Although the House only impeached on one article, incitement of an insurrection, Trump's allies are concerned opponents will exploit the Jan. 6. violence that resulted in four rioters and one Capitol Police officer being killed at the scene or in the direct aftermath. Two officers and one participant died later.

Trump's legal team so far has indicated a willingness to stick to whether an ex-president can be impeached, and that Trump's speech at a pre-riot rally was protected under the First Amendment. The team wants to keep the trial "short and sweet," according to a source.

"We don't need to focus on January 6 because this is unconstitutional," another person familiar with the legal strategy told Politico, per the Daily Mail. "There's a lot of legal technical arguments that are going to be discussed."

After falling out of favor with Trump, Bannon appeared to have gotten back in the former president's good graces. He even received a last-minute pardon for charges stemming from misusing donations to build a portion of the southern border wall.  

Not every Trump supporter agreed with Bannon. Alan Dershowitz, part of Trump's legal team during his first impeachment trial, told Politico the topic of voter fraud would be a terrible idea. 

"He loses senators if he starts going into a defense of his claims on the election or his defense of his speech," Dershowitz said. "He's better off if he allows his lawyers to make constitutional arguments under the First Amendment and the limitations of the Senate to try anyone who is no longer in office."

Trump is not expected to testify, according to a spokesman. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D- Md., Democrat impeachment manager, had requested Trump do so under oath next week — something the former president's attorneys called a "public relations stunt."

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President Donald Trump's legal team should focus on alleged voter fraud during next week's impeachment trial, according to former White House adviser Steve Bannon. "He is not going to be convicted, so we must address November 3. And the best place to adjudicate this is the...
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