Did Trump lie to Mich. recount court about voter fraud? If so, could be perjury.

CNN’s Jim Acosta raised a fascinating question today. If Donald Trump is now alleging that there was massive voter fraud in the 2016 election, then why did Trump’s lawyer argue in court, on Trump’s behalf, that there was no significant fraud in the election? See document below.

If Trump is right, and there is massive fraud, and Trump’s lawyers knowingly lied in official court documents, they could face professional and even legal sanctions — possibly even perjury charges, according to some lawyers.

And if Trump’s lawyers were telling the truth in court, and there was no massive voter fraud in 2016, then Donald Trump lied last night, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer lied (again) today, when they averred that up to 5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

So which is it? Did Donald Trump’s lawyers knowingly lie to a judge in court, or is Trump lying to the American people now?

Here’s CNN’s Jim Acosta with more:

Here’s the Trump campaign’s court document:

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And here’s more on what Trump said last night, and Spicer said today.

And here’s more on what happens when lawyers lie in court:

“You cannot advise a client to commit a crime. You cannot ask or help a client to submit forms to an agency or the court which you know contain lies. You cannot participate in anything that causes the court to be deceived. Knowingly doing so subjects the client and attorney to criminal prosecution,” she points out.

Lying in court is also a violation of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

We need some answers from Trump, because this is now getting legal.

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