- Former Trump attorney Alex Cannon testified about a conversation he had with Trump adviser Peter Navarro.
- Cannon said he told Navarro he had doubts about a conspiracy theory regarding the Dominion voting machines.
- In response, Cannon said Navarro described him as a “deep state” agent working against Trump.
Alex Cannon, a former Trump campaign attorney, testified before the House committee Jan. 6 and said Trump aide Peter Navarro accused him of being a “deep state” agent to cast doubt on Dominion conspiracy theories and voting machines.
Cannon’s testimony was broadcast Monday as part of the second of six public hearings in the commission’s investigation.
During his testimony, Cannon said he had a conversation with Navarro about allegations of voter fraud in mid-November, after the 2020 presidential election.
Cannon said he spoke to Navarro specifically about the conspiracy theory that Dominion voting machines were used to flip votes from Trump to Biden. The plot was constantly promoted by lawyers allied to Trump, Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, and Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow. Dominion named all three in a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit.
“I remember him asking me questions about Dominion. And maybe some other categories of allegations of voter fraud. And I remember telling him I didn’t believe Dominion’s allegations because I thought manual counting in Georgia would solve all the problems with a technological problem and with the Dominion or Dominion flip-flops,” Cannon said.
A manual count taken in late November 2020 confirmed that Joe Biden won the state by a narrow margin.
Cannon told investigators he had told Navarro that Chris Krebs, director of the Agency for Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security, issued a report saying the election was safe. Trump fired Cripps after the election for contradicting Trump’s unfounded allegations of voter fraud.
“And I believe Mr. Navarro accused me of being a deep state agent working with Chris Krebs against the President. I never got a call from Mr. Navarro again,” Cannon said.
The term “deep state” is often used in conspiracy theorists to refer to the idea of someone operating in an obscure government entity. QAnon is an unfounded conspiracy theory that unjustifiably assumes that Trump is fighting such a “deep state” of a child satanic gang.
In addition to his comments on Navarro, Cannon said he met with former Vice President Mike Pence briefly and told Pence that he “doesn’t think the ‘Trump campaign’ will find anything enough to alter the election results.” Pence said: Thank him.
Navarro was indicted in June for contempt of Congress after repeatedly refusing to comply with a House investigation into the Jan. 6 riots. More recently, he claimed without justification that the FBI treated him like an “al-Qaeda terrorist” during the few hours that he was arrested.
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