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Trump boasted of 1/6 crowd, instructed official to probe theory thermostats changed 2020 ballots

Trump ‘boasted’ of crowd size at January 6 riot and instructed top intelligence official to probe bizarre conspiracy theory that Nest thermostats helped change ballots in 2020 election, new book claims

  • An upcoming book reveals that Donald Trump ‘boasted’ about the crowd size at the January 6 Capitol riot
  • The book also details how Trump told his top intelligence official to probe a conspiracy that Nest thermostats were used to meddle 2020 election 
  • Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark originally presented the theory to Trump that the wireless thermostats were used to tap into voting machines
  • ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl shared some details of his upcoming book ‘Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show’ on ABC News’ This Week on Sunday


Donald Trump wanted to probe a conspiracy that Nest thermostats were used to meddle in the 2020 election and bragged about the crowd size of the January 6 Capitol riot, details from a new book revealed on Sunday.

As the attack on the U.S. Capitol building ensued earlier this year, sources claim that Trump was pleased with what was happening, boasted about how many people turned out and argued when pushed to tell supporters to stop rioting, according to ABC News host Jonathan Karls’ upcoming book ‘Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show’.

Karl revealed details from his book on ABC This Week on Sunday morning, claiming that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Trump to ask him to tell the rioters to leave the Capitol on January 6. 

He said that a source familiar with the call told him that McCarthy pleaded with Trump: ‘I just got evacuated from the Capitol! There were shots fired right off the House floor. You need to make this stop.’

‘They are just more upset than you because they believe it more than you, Kevin,’ Trump told McCarthy, according to the source.

Trump was referring to his claim that the 2020 election was stolen.

Another odd claim in the book details how Trump instructed his top intelligence official to probe a conspiracy theory that Nest thermostats, which are made in China, were used to change 2020 ballots by tapping into voting machines. 

An upcoming book reveals that Donald Trump ‘boasted’ about the crowd size at the January 6 Capitol riot

The book also details that Trump told Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe (pitured) to probe a theory that Nest thermostats were used to meddle 2020 election

The book also details that Trump told Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe (pitured) to probe a theory that Nest thermostats were used to meddle 2020 election

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark (pictured) originally presented the conspiracy to Trump that the wireless thermostats (right), which are made in China, were used to tap into voting machines in Georgia

Karl said on This Week that Trump was ‘intrigued’ by the theory.

Karl’s book ‘Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show’ will be released November 16

Karl’s book ‘Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show’ will be released November 16

Jeffrey Clark, who was assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department from 2018 to 2021, originally presented the conspiracy to Trump as he tried to help the then-president change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

After hearing about it, Trump asked Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to investigate if Nest thermostats meddled in the election and changed ballots from being cast for him to Biden.

Trump wanted to install Clark as acting attorney general after former Attorney General Bill Barr resigned in December – just one month before Trump was set to vacate office.

‘[Clark] believed that wireless thermostats made in China for Google by a company called Nest Labs might have been used to manipulate voting machines in Georgia,’ Karl wrote in his book.

He added: ‘The idea was nuts, but it intrigued Trump, who asked Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to look into it.’

Karl said that White House counsel Pat Cipollone told Trump at the time that if Clark were made attorney general, there would be a mass resignation at the Justice Department – so Trump backed off the effort.

After that fell through, Trump just kept Clark in his old post.

‘After Jeffrey Clark tried and failed to engineer a coup at the Justice Department, he kept his job,’ Karl said.

Karl’s book ‘Betrayal’ will be released November 16, 2021. 



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