Weeks after the 2020 election, at least one Trump White House aide was named as secretly producing a report alleging Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden because of Dominion Voting Systems – research that formed the basis broader efforts by the former president to annul the election.

The Dominion Report, captioned “OVERVIEW 12/2/20 – History, Frameworks, Vote Manipulation Capability & Design, Foreign Connections”, was originally prepared for dispatch to state legislatures where the Trump White House was trying to have Biden. reverse victory.

But top Trump officials would also use research from the report produced by the White House aide to weigh other options for returning Trump to the presidency, including the former president signing executive orders authorizing powers. extended emergencies.

The unprecedented involvement of Trump’s White House aide in the preparation of the Dominion Report raises the extraordinary situation of at least one administration official among the original sources of Trump’s efforts to void the 2020 election.

the publicly available version of the Dominion Reportwhich first surfaced in early December 2020 on conservative outlet Gateway Pundit, names on the cover and in the metadata its author Katherine Friess, a volunteer with Trump’s post-election legal team.

But the Dominion report was actually produced by Joanna Miller, Trump’s senior White House political aide, according to the original version of the document reviewed by the Guardian and a source familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The original version of the Dominion report named Miller – who worked for Trump’s senior adviser Peter Navarro – as the author on the cover page, until his name was abruptly changed to that of Friess before the document was released. not be made public, the source said. .

The involvement of a number of other Trump White House aides who worked in Navarro’s office was also removed around this time, the source said. Friess has told the Daily Beast that she had nothing to do with the report and did not know how her name ended up on the document.

It’s unclear why Miller’s name was removed from the report, which was sent to former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Nov. 29, 2020, or why the White House aide’s involvement was obscured in the final version of December 2.

Miller did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Different versions of the report. Photo: Dominion Voting Systems Report

The Dominion Report made a number of unsubstantiated claims that Dominion Voting Systems corruptly assured that there may have been “technological issues that resulted in thousands of votes being added to Joe’s total ballot count Biden”.

Citing unnamed Venezuelan officials, the report also pushed the conspiracy theory that Dominion Voting Systems used software from electoral company Smartmatic and had ties to “Venezuelan state-run software and telecommunications companies.”

After the Dominion report became public, Navarro incorporated the claims into his own three-part report, produced with the help of his White House aides, including Miller and another political aide, Garrett Ziegler, the agency said. source.

Ziegler also said on a right-wing podcast that he and other members of Navarro’s office — apparently referring to Trump’s White House aides Christopher Abbott and Hannah Robertson — began working on Navarro’s report about two weeks before the 2020 elections.

“Two weeks before the election, we were doing these reports hoping to pepper the swing states with these,” Ziegler said of the three-part Navarro report during an appearance last July on The Professor’s Record with David K ​​Clements.

The Dominion Report research also formed the backbone of foreign election interference allegations by former Trump lawyer and conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell, who argued that Trump could, as a result, assume emergency presidential powers. and suspend normal law.

This included Trump decree 13848which authorized sweeping powers in the event of foreign election interference, as well as a draft executive order which would have authorized the seizure of voting machines, the Guardian previously reported.

Claims about Venezuela in the Dominion report appear to have prompted Powell to ask Trump in a Dec. 18, 2020 meeting at the White House — coincidentally facilitated by Ziegler — that she be appointed special adviser to investigate the fraud. electoral.

Miller’s authorship of the Dominion Report was not the last time the Trump White House, or members of the administration, prepared documents to advance the former president’s claims about a stolen election and his efforts to resume his duties.

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack revealed last year that it had found evidence from the White House communications agency produce a letter that Trump Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark is using to pressure states to decertify Biden’s election victory.