Across the identical time, 1AP turned concerned in one other challenge related to difficult the election. Members of the group, as Mr. Lewis put it in his video in December, started to scour the web for “OSINT” — or open supply intelligence — about allegations of election fraud. No matter proof they discovered, he stated, they despatched to Sidney Powell, a Dallas-based lawyer who filed 4 federal lawsuits in late 2020 contesting the outcomes of the presidential vote.
The lawsuits, which in the end failed and resulted in a federal judge imposing sanctions on Ms. Powell, described with none credible proof a plot by a cabal of worldwide powers to hack U.S. voting machines and flip the depend away from Mr. Trump.
Key Figures within the Jan. 6 Inquiry
By mid-December 2020, 1AP took a job defending one among Ms. Powell’s former purchasers, Mr. Flynn, at a second massive pro-Trump rally in Washington. The rally was put collectively, public permits say, by Cindy Chafian, an organizer for the pro-Trump group Ladies for America First, which organized for caravans of the president’s supporters to rally throughout the nation after the election. (Ms. Chafian has additionally been subpoenaed by the House select committee.)
This rally — on Dec. 12, 2020 — helped to solidify 1AP’s relationship with Mr. Flynn and Ms. Chafian. It additionally introduced the group into contact with the Oath Keepers, who joined their protecting element, based on a television interview that the militia’s chief, Mr. Rhodes, gave that day.
Within the interview, Mr. Rhodes described how the 2 teams labored collectively on the rally. He then urged Mr. Trump to “wage warfare” in opposition to “traitors” at dwelling by imposing martial legislation. That was the identical message that Ms. Powell, Mr. Flynn and others of their orbit have been advising on the time.
Mr. Lewis says he performed his personal small half within the effort to influence Mr. Trump to declare martial legislation. On Dec. 18, he said on a podcast last year, he drove Ms. Powell and Mr. Flynn to the White Home to fulfill with Mr. Trump. It isn’t clear whether or not Mr. Lewis attended the assembly, the place Ms. Powell and Mr. Flynn urged the president to declare a nationwide emergency and demand a recount of key swing states on stay TV, based on the enterprise govt Patrick M. Byrne, who was additionally there.
It was not lengthy after the White Home assembly that Mr. Lewis, like others, turned his consideration towards Jan. 6, which was extensively seen as the ultimate alternative for Mr. Trump and his allies to cease the certification of the presidential vote.