Donald Trump, the former president, was genuinely convinced that the 2020 presidential race was unlawfully seized from him — so attested Jared Kushner, the former senior adviser, during his testimony in June.

This response was offered when federal investigators probed whether the ex-president had privately conceded his defeat to President Joe Biden in the aftermath of the election, as several sources informed.

According to Kushner, Trump’s insistence on a stolen election was not a contrived narrative strategically designed to prolong his time in power. Kushner’s testimony, supporting his father-in-law, adds another perspective to the federal investigation under the supervision of special counsel Jack Smith, aiming to elucidate Trump’s ties to unfounded allegations of voter fraud and efforts to hinder the certification of Biden’s Electoral College win.

The investigative team sought testimonies from various witnesses, asking if aides had informed Trump of his loss and what he had been communicating to his staff in the months leading up to the election, The New York Times reported.

Corroborating these accounts, Alyssa Farah Griffin, who served as the White House communications director in the aftermath of the 2020 election, stated that Trump was well aware of his defeat. She disclosed a statement made by Trump: “Can you believe I lost to Joe Biden?” she quoted him as saying.

“In that moment I think he knew he lost,” Griffin concluded. She shared these insights both during her conversation with the prosecutors the previous month and at the House select committee on Jan. 6 the previous year.


This perspective was echoed by chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, who testified that Trump accepted his unsuccessful reelection campaign during an early December 2020 meeting in the Oval Office.

“He says words to the effect of: Yeah, we lost, we need to let that issue go to the next guy,” Milley said, adding: “Meaning President Biden.”

“And the entire gist of the conversation was — and it lasted — that meeting lasted maybe an hour or something like that—very rational,” Milley continued. “He was calm. There wasn’t anything — the subject we were talking about was a very serious subject, but everything looked very normal to me. But I do remember him saying that.”

Should the investigative team successfully establish that Trump intentionally promoted rumors of election fraud to hold onto his power, he might face a variety of criminal charges.

As it stands, Smith has already slammed a 37-count indictment against Trump for alleged mishandling of classified documents discovered by the FBI at his Mar-a-Lago residence last summer.

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