Trump’s pressure to expand on DOJ, AG Jeffrey Rosen, Jan 6 Hearing Show

Members of the House committee probing the January 6 Capitol riots shed new light on handwritten notes that surfaced again on Thursday, indicating former President Donald Trump has reportedly called the 2020 election results “corrupt.” The officers of the Department of Justice (DOJ) were pressurized for

Former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue and former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, who took the notes, testified during a hearing before the select committee on Thursday. The two were on a phone call with Trump on December 27, 2020, in which he reportedly sought his help in reversing election results during the final days of his presidency.

Donoghue’s testimony comes during the third installment in a series of hearings that the House panel has asked to present evidence it says was a coordinated effort to reverse the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power. Previous hearings focused on former Vice President Mike Pence, election officials, and Trump reportedly refused to listen after members of his circle denied claims of voter fraud, among other issues.

The fifth hearing has taken a deep dive into how the former president allegedly launched a “pressure campaign” against DOJ officials for advancing false claims about the 2020 election.

According to Donoghue’s notes, which were initially released in July 2021 by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rosen urged Trump to “understand that the DOJ cannot break its fingers + cannot change the outcome of the election.” No, act that way.”

Representative Adam Kizinger, one of two Republicans on the House committee, asked Donoghue how Trump reacted when Rosen told him the DOJ could not change election results.

“He responded very quickly and said, essentially, ‘I’m not asking you to do this. What I’m asking you to do is that it was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen. ,” Donoghue said.

This is in line with Donoghue’s notes, indicating that Trump, referred to as “P”, responded: “Don’t expect you to do that, just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R Congressmen.” give.”

During the hearing, Kizinger read aloud the above remarks attributed to Trump. He then asked Donoghue to confirm that it was a direct quote from the former president.

“That’s an accurate quote from the president, yes,” Donoghue replied.

Former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue took note that former President Donald Trump reportedly pressured Justice Department officials to call the 2020 election results “corrupt.” Above, Donoghue speaks outside the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on February 12, 2019.
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Trump has denied that he urged DOJ officials to call the 2020 election “corrupt.”

The notes also suggest that Trump pitched the idea of ​​installing Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department environmental lawyer, as the head of the DOJ during the call.

GOP Representative Liz Cheney, who is serving as the deputy chairman of the House panel, said during the first hearing that the committee would look into Trump’s alleged attempt to replace the attorney general “so the US Department of Justice would spread his false plagiarism election claims.” “

Cheney directly cited a comment by Trump in handwritten notes in which he directed DOJ officials to call the election “corrupt.” He said viewers would hear firsthand how senior DOJ leadership threatened to resign in response to Trump’s alleged plan.

At the second hearing, the panel played a brief clip of recorded testimony from Donoghue where he talked about telling Trump that the DOJ had conducted dozens of investigations and hundreds of interviews but supported the “major allegations” of electoral fraud by evidence. had not been. Donoghue also told Trump that the information the former president was receiving was “false.”

newsweek Donoghue and Trump have reached out for comment.

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