Trump acknowledges he was told 2020 election lies were false in wide-ranging interview

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(CNN) —& Former President Donald Trump& acknowledged in a new interview& that, despite receiving counsel from multiple people that the& 2020 election was not stolen, he pushed ahead anyway with his false claims to try and overturn the results. The comments to NBC’s “Meet the Press” directly address a central premise of& special counsel Jack Smith’s case& against Trump over his efforts to subvert the 2020 election results: that Trump knew the election claims he was making were false after being told by several close aides that he had lost. “It was my decision, but I listened to some people,” Trump said. In his first broadcast network interview since leaving office, the 2024 Republican front-runner also& criticized members of his party& over how they’ve approached abortion policy, discussed& pardoning himself& in the final days of his presidency and said he would testify under oath he did not direct an employee to delete security footage. The former president said he didn’t listen to his attorneys who told him he had lost the election because he didn’t respect them and that he “respected many others that said the election was rigged.” “I was listening to different people, and when I added it...