FILE - President Donald Trump speaks at the Trump campaign headquarters on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, in Arlington, Va. Former President Donald Trump sought to "defraud the United States" by interfering with the presidential election, spreading false information about it and pressuring state officials to overturn the results, the congressional committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection alleged in a federal court filing on March 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol said Wednesday for the first time that its evidence suggests crimes may have been committed by former President Donald Trump and his associates in the failed effort to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump and his associates engaged in a “criminal conspiracy” to prevent Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College, the House committee said in a court filing. Trump and those working with him spread false information about the outcome of the presidential election and pressured state officials to overturn the results, potentially violating multiple federal laws, the panel said.

“The Select Committee also has a good-faith basis for concluding that the President and members of his Campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States,” the committee wrote in a filing submitted in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California.

 

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