Trump risks provoking a ‘constitutional crisis’


From left, former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Steven Engel for the Office of Legal Counsel, former Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and former Acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue testify as the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack are ready for. The US Capitol continues Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Capitol in Washington. AP. via Jonathan Ernst / Poole

WASHINGTON (AP) – A House committee on January 6 is using Thursday’s hearing to show that Donald Trump has pressured the Justice Department to install a loyalist who will pursue the then-president’s false claims of voter fraud. and will stop the authentication. Democrat Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

If department leaders had not threatened to resign and defeated office-bearers were able to devise a government plan to reverse election results in several important states, this is the latest account of the United States approaching a constitutional crisis.

Rep. Adam Kizinger, R-Ill. led the hearing, saying it would show “how close we came to losing it all.”

Some important findings from this month’s fifth hearing of the committee investigating the causes of the rebellion at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The committee is trying to make the case that Trump’s efforts to reverse his losses resulted in the deadly siege when he sent supporters to the Capitol, as Congress was attesting to Biden’s victory.

Trump’s Justice Department in turmoil

Day after day after the November 2020 election, Trump pressured department leaders to ditch the false claims of election fraud.

Former Attorney General William Barr described the vortex of false voter fraud theories coming from Trump’s orbit as “wacky-a-mole.”

The department rejected Trump’s offer because “we didn’t think they were suitable,” testified Jeffrey Rosen, who became acting attorney general after Barr stepped down.

Officials told Trump that states conduct their own elections, free of federal interference. But Trump insisted, despite repeatedly saying there was no fraud.

In late December 2020, Trump asked Rosen what he found to be a “strange” question: Do you know Jeff Clarke?

Trump had his eye on Clark to take charge of the department.

Who is Jeff Clarke?

Clark headed the civil division handling environmental matters. He was introduced to Trump by a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, the leader of the House conservative Freedom Caucus.

Clarke was circulating a resolution calling on battlefield legislatures not to certify their election results. By withholding their voters for Biden, disputed states could present alternative voters loyal to Trump.

Clark’s views worried his colleagues, as did his sudden rise in Trump’s orbit as a potential new acting attorney general.

“It had put us in a constitutional crisis,” former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue testified.

In a heated meeting when Trump was swimming with others over Clark’s rise to the White House, Donoghue made the point that “Jeff Clarke was not even competent to serve as attorney general.”

When Clark counterattacked that he worked on complex civil and environmental matters, Donoghue replied: “How do you go back to your office and we’ll call you when there’s an oil spill?”

Subpoenas served on ‘fake voters’

The hearing, delayed as the Justice Department moves its investigation, searches Clark’s Virginia home this week as federal agents related to plans by Trump aides to create sets of fake voters intended to invalidate Biden’s victory. Served subpoena nationwide. ,

The purpose of the searches was not immediately clear, but they came as a House committee pressured the department to intensify its investigation.

Those being investigated include Republican officials in key states, including those working on bogus voters until January 6, when Congress will be tallying election results.

Georgia Republican Party chairman David Schaefer received a subpoena, and Nevada GOP chairman, Michael McDonald, gave federal agents his phone Wednesday when they approached him outside his car in Las Vegas and presented a warrant. This is according to people familiar with the matter, who were not authorized to discuss developments publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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