Ivan Raiklin, the man mentioned by name during Thursday’s hearing as having posted a memo called the “Operation Pence Card,” is a known associate of former President Donald Trump’s one-time national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The memo outlined a theory that the vice president could block certification of the election results on Jan. 6.
Raiklin has worked with Flynn and a group of other former military service members to spread various unfounded theories about how the 2020 election was compromised – an effort that began weeks before Jan. 6 and continued months after.
They have also been heavily involved in efforts to file lawsuits and audits in various states challenging the election outcome.
Raiklin first posted the “Pence Card” document on his social media accounts in mid-December 2020.
Trump appeared to endorse the plan, retweeting one of Raiklin’s posts about the “Pence Card” on Dec. 23, 2020.
Raiklin posted his plan weeks before conservative attorney John Eastman drafted his own memo outlining a similar plan, which was embraced by Trump despite warnings it was not legally sound.
Raiklin served as a Green Beret and at the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has known Flynn for several years.