By now, everybody's in all probability a minimum of heard of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. The "MyPillow Man" grew to become notorious over the previous few years for his seemingly undying support for former-President Donald Trump, getting his personal firm's Twitter account permanently banned for attempting to unfold disinformation about fraud within the 2020 presidential election.
Nonetheless, Lindell was removed from the one company CEO to go to bat for Trump in his makes an attempt to overturn his loss within the election.
On the newest Jan. 6 committee listening to final Tuesday, former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne was revealed to have attended a minimum of one assembly on the White Home in December of 2020 and was immediately concerned in discussions with Trump and his administration on find out how to overturn the election.
Based on CNN, Byrne, the previous head of the e-commerce big, spent nearly 8 hours behind closed doorways testifying to the Home choose committee simply this previous Friday.
The day after Tuesday's listening to, Overstock launched an announcement following the revelations of its former CEO's involvement in Trump's makes an attempt to overturn the election.
Whereas it's true that Byrne didn't have a relationship with Overstock throughout these occasions, he did participate in wild conspiratorial claims whereas he was nonetheless CEO. In actual fact, in an official Overstock press launch in August 2019, Byrne would launch a conspiratorial assertion in regards to the "deep state" and supposed political espionage that was being carried out by the Obama administration in opposition to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The press launch can still be found on the official Overstock.com investor web site.
Shortly after the press launch was printed, Byrne was revealed to be having a romantic relationship with Russian spy Maria Butina. He resigned as Overstock CEO on August 22, 2019, because of this.
The December 18, 2020 White Home assembly attended by Byrne has been a significant focus of the committee. Trump, himself, in addition to his QAnon-believing former nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn and his lawyer Sidney Powell had been additionally in attendance. The assembly centered on methods to overturn the election leads to Trump's favor and included a dialogue on find out how to block the certification of Joe Biden as president. Different prospects, corresponding to seizing voting machines, had been additionally mentioned. A former White Home aide known as the assembly "unhinged" with varied Trump confidants arguing over find out how to proceed with their makes an attempt to subvert democracy.
Simply 6 hours after that assembly with Byrne, Flynn, Powell, and others, Trump tweeted a call-to-action to his followers, asking them to point out up at a protest in DC on Jan. 6.
"Statistically unimaginable to have misplaced the 2020 Election," tweeted Trump at 1:42 am on Dec. 19. "Huge protest in D.C. on January sixth. Be there, might be wild!"
A number of weeks later, Trump supporters would storm the Capitol constructing in an try and overturn the election outcomes for Trump.