Byrne’s involvement in efforts to overturn the election were referenced Tuesday during the committee’s hearing.
The former furniture industry executive joined lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, as well as former national security adviser Michael Flynn, in the Oval Office on Dec. 18, 2020, days after the electoral college certified that Joe Biden won the presidential election. While many of Trump’s legal advisers had accepted that he had lost the election, Byrne and others were pushing an idea that the president could use the National Guard to seize voting machines.
Byrne’s Oval Office access appeared to agitate those staffers hoping to redirect Trump’s attention away from conspiracy theories.
“First of all, the Overstock person — I didn’t even know who this guy was,” former White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a videotaped interview aired Tuesday during the hearing.
“I looked at him and I said, ‘Who are you?’ ” Cipollone said he asked Byrne.