Former Trump campaign staffer was angered by role in phony 2020 electors plan: 'We were just kind of useful idiots'

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President Donald Trump walks on the tarmac as he arrives on campaign travel at Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, on September 25, 2020.Tom Brenner/Reuters
  • Robert Sinners said he and others were "useful idiots" for taking part in the phony 2020 electors plan.

  • Sinners, who now works for Brad Raffensperger, was the Trump election day operations director in Georgia.

  • "We were just kind of useful idiots, or rubes at that point," he told the January 6 investigators.

Robert Sinner, a former campaign staffer for Donald Trump, during an interview with January 6 investigators lamented that he and others who sought to assemble fake electors to push the election in the former president's favor were simply "useful idiots" for taking part in the plan.

While speaking with investigators, Sinners — who was the Trump election day operations director in Georgia — expressed displeasure with the scheme to overturn now-President Joe Biden's 2020 victory in the Peach State.

"We were just kind of useful idiots, or rubes at that point," he said in a video recording that was shown during the January 6 committee hearing on Tuesday.

When told by an investigator that former Trump campaign officials Justin Clark, Matt Morgan, and Josh Findlay were unwilling to take part in convening fake electors, Sinners said he was "angry" at the situation.

"I'm angry because I think in a sense no one really cared if people were potentially putting themselves in jeopardy," he said.

Sinners also said he wouldn't have participated in the convening of the electors had he known that Trump officials had not stood behind the plan.

"I absolutely would not have had I known that the three main lawyers for the campaign that I'd spoken to in the past and were leading up were not on board," he said.

Since the aftermath of the failed electoral plan, Sinners — who is now employed in the office of Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — has sought to distance himself from his activities with the Trump campaign in Georgia during the 2020 presidential election.

"Following the Former President's refusal to accept the results of the election and allow a peaceful transition of power, my views on this matter have changed significantly from where they were on December 13th," he said in a statement to The Washington Post earlier this month.

Biden won Georgia by roughly 12,000 votes in the 2020 election, a victory that Trump has continued to dispute despite there being no evidence of electoral fraud.

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