Verification: Trump responds to committee’s Jan. 6 subpoena with typical election lies


Former President Donald Trump was subpoenaed Thursday by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Trump’s answer: His usual polls are lies.

In a 14-page letter to committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, Trump did not say whether he would comply with the subpoena. Instead, he repeated several long-discarded election claims.

Here is Trump’s initial list of three false claims in the letter. We will update this article as we write more fact-checking items.

Trump’s headline on the document read: “THE 2020 ELECTION IS OVER AND STOLEN!”

The facts first: This is false. The 2020 election was not rigged or stolen. Joe Biden was the legitimate winner, Trump the legitimate loser. There is also no evidence, under any circumstances, of fraud sufficient to alter the outcome.

He listed alleged evidence in swing states that Trump lost. One of the claims Biden made about Pennsylvania, which he won by more than 80,000 votes, was: “In Pennsylvania, in February 2021, there were 121,240 more votes than electoral votes.”

The facts first: This is fake. Pennsylvania did not cast more ballots than registered voters in the 2020 election; in fact, he had about 7 million votes and 9 million registered voters, a About 76.5% participation. This claim that the state has more votes than voters, based on a misreading of state data by a Republican state legislator, was repeated. Rejected in 2020 and 2021.

Trump made the dramatic claim about Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa County, where Republicans conducted a bogus partisan “audit” of the 2020 election. He wrote: “Maricopa County accepted at least 20,000 mail-in ballots after Election Day 2020, including 18,000 on November 4, 2020, received from the US Postal Service, more than the Election’s total margin of 10,457 votes.”

The facts first: This is false. As Reuters has done notify, a claim that has spread on social media among Trump supporters that Maricopa County accepted any ballots, let alone thousands of them, after Election Day is based on a misinterpretation of a document. The document was a receipt for the transfer of voters to a company that collects voter signatures as part of the signature verification process.

Runbeck CEO Jeff Ellington told Reuters in June: “These 18,000 ballots were received on Election Day before the voting deadline and delivered to Runbeck the next day for processing, following our standard operating procedure.”