Here’s how Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) opened the second public hearing of the January 6 Committee: “This morning we will tell the story of how Donald Trump lost an election. And knew he lost an election. And as the result of his loss, decided to wage an attack on our democracy.”

Video of depositions from key Trump advisers — Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Jason Miller, Bill Stepien, Bill Barr, among others — made that very clear. As Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) stated: “The election fraud claims were false. Mr. Trump’s closest advisors knew it. Mr. Trump knew it.”

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