Trump part of ‘conspiracy’ to overturn 2020 polls: Jan 6 panel

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Eastman and Trump have not been accused of any crime by federal or state prosecutors, and no top advisers around Trump have been charged for January 6-related crimes….reports Asian Lite Newsa

US House select committee probing the January 6 Capitol riot said that former President Donald Trump and a right-wing lawyer were part of a “criminal conspiracy” to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

The committee said in the 61-page court filing that evidence and information available established “a good-faith belief that Trump and others may have engaged in criminal and/or fraudulent acts and that Plaintiff’s legal assistance was used in furtherance of those activities.”

According to a CNN report, the filing is part of an attempt to convince a judge to allow the panel access to emails from lawyer John Eastman, who is claiming attorney-client privilege. The committee said he helped to orchestrate the plot.

Eastman sued the committee in December, seeking to block a congressional subpoena requesting that he turn over thousands of emails.

Eastman and Trump have not been accused of any crime by federal or state prosecutors, and no top advisers around Trump have been charged for January 6-related crimes, the CNN reported.

The House has no ability to bring criminal charges. A judge overseeing the civil lawsuit will review the emails himself and decide whether they should stay protected.

To make its case, the House pointed to Trump’s actions to overturn the election, arguing he was criminally attempting to obstruct Congress from certifying his loss of the presidency, the CNN reported.

Trump social media

Donald Trump’s social media platform Truth Social, which launched only a few days ago, was struggling with technical glitches and onboarding new users in the early stages of its rollout, it was reported.

The site, which billed itself as a sort of free speech alternative to Twitter with more lax content moderation policies, has already booted a few users off of its platform, reports Engadget.

Other users are struggling to even access the platform, which now has nearly half a million people on its waitlist, the report said.

According to Mashable, a user named Matt Ortega was rejected from Truth Social on the basis of his username, @DevineNunesCow.

A parody Twitter account of the same name poked fun at former Rep. Devin Nunes, who is currently the CEO of Truth Social’s parent company.

A few users have pointed out that Truth Social’s moderation policy is significantly more strict than that of Twitter, despite its claim to be a refuge from Big Tech’s censorship.

Unlike Twitter, Truth Social users can get suspended or booted from the platform altogether for posting content that moderators consider to be false, defamatory or misleading.

While Twitter has had broad bans in the past on Covid-19 and election misinformation, it regularly allows other types of misinformation to fly by. Truth Social users also can get banned for posting content that moderators deem to be “libelous, slanderous, or otherwise objectionable”.

Twitter tends to be selective in how it handles disputes between users unless it involves targeted harassment campaigns, the report said.

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