Recordings describe 2020 Oval Office photo-op where Trump was briefed on fake electors and January 6 - 2023-12-13

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F203.png Recordings describe 2020 Oval Office photo-op where Trump was briefed on fake electors and January 6 December 13, 2023, Marshall Cohen, CNN

Before a group of supportive lawyers entered the Oval Office for a photo-op with then-President Donald Trump in December 2020, they were given a clear instruction, according to one attendee: Don't get Trump's hopes up about overturning the election.

One attorney, Jim Troupis, toed the line. He'd just finished leading Trump's failed election challenge in Wisconsin, and bluntly told the president it was over in that state.

But when the conversation shifted to Arizona, attorney Kenneth Chesebro deviated from the plan. He told Trump he could still win – and explained how the "alternate electors" he helped assemble in Arizona and six other states gave Trump an opening to continue contesting the election until Congress certified the results on January 6, 2021.

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