January 6 Hearings, Day 5: Trump told the Justice Department to call the election corrupt and “leave the rest to me”

January 6 Hearings, Day 5: Trump told the Justice Department to call the election corrupt and “leave the rest to me”

‘I lost my name, I lost my reputation’: Election officials testify at January 6 hearings

The hearings on Thursday, January 6, took an in-depth look at how Donald Trump and his allies are putting extreme pressure on the Justice Department to help overturn the 2020 election.

Former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue told the committee that he was personally instructed by Trump to say the election was “corrupt” and that he would use that as leverage for Congress to act and refuse to certify the results.

“Just say you were corrupt and leave the rest to me and the congressional Republicans,” Donald Trump said, in words read aloud by Jan. 6 committee member Adam Kinzinger.

Even after being repeatedly told by DOJ officials that his election claims had no merit, Trump still said he considered the supporters who rioted on Capitol Hill to be “smart” because of their views that the presidential race was stolen. . “They were angry from an election standpoint,” Trump told filmmaker Alex Holder. “Because they’re smart and they come and they saw what happened, and I think that was a big part of what happened on January 6.”

Meanwhile, the panel is in the process of securing the cooperation of longtime right-wing activist Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and is in the process of scheduling more hearings, as the FBI searches for targets around the world. country in his continuous search. investigation into those who tried to nullify the 2020 election.

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Sean Penn sits with Capitol Police officers who were injured in riots at the last public hearing on January 6

Sean Penn sat with Capitol Police officers injured in the Jan. 6 riots during Thursday’s hearing on the insurrection.

The Academy Award winner and celebrated activist chatted and joked with Michael Fanone, now a CNN contributor, and shook hands with other officers.

“I’m just here to observe, just another citizen,” Penn told reporters.

“I think we all saw what happened on January 6 and now we are looking to see if justice comes from the other side.”

Ben Hurley has the story.

joseph marcus23 June 2022 21:45

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Donald Trump blew up at Justice Department meeting and threatened leaders to fire them

During a meeting in late December with Richard Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, and other Justice Department officials, Donald Trump threatened government attorneys with firing because they would not seize voting machines and state that they were suspicious of voting results. the 2020 elections.

“Towards the end of the meeting, the president was again very agitated. He said, ‘People tell me I should get rid of you two,’” Donoghue testified Thursday.

The president then said he was thinking of elevating Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ official who was circulating plans for the Justice Department to declare state election results suspect and encourage legislatures to send pro-Trump voters.

“Maybe something will eventually get done,” Trump said, according to the testimony.

joseph marcus23 June 2022 21:40

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Is this Trump’s Nixon moment?

Some compare the efforts of Donald Trump and his allies to get the Justice Department to serve their political goals during a scandal to President Nixon’s infamous attempts to cover up the Watergate crisis.

Like Maggie Haberman from The New York Times wrote on social media Thursday: “Comparing Trump to Nixon has always been flawed for a variety of reasons, but never have the parallels been clearer than during a hearing in which two top former Justice Department officials testified about wanting Trump’s use of the department for strictly partisan political purposes.”

joseph marcus23 June 2022 21:30

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Trump told the Justice Department to say the election was corrupt and ‘leave the rest to me’ and the GOP, Jan. 6 hearing said

Senior Justice Department officials testified Thursday that then-President Donald Trump put enormous pressure on them with almost daily phone calls and statements demanding that they declare the 2020 election results fraudulent without any evidence.

Former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue told the committee that he was personally instructed by Trump to say the election was “corrupt,” and that he would use that as leverage for Congress to act and refuse to certify the results.

“Just say you were corrupt and leave the rest to me and the congressional Republicans,” Donald Trump said, in words read aloud by Jan. 6 committee member Adam Kinzinger, who then asked, “That’s a quote. directly from President Trump, correct?”

“That is an exact quote from the president, yes,” Donoghue replied.

More details on this breaking news here.

joseph marcus23 June 2022 21:23

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Committee details pressure campaign to elevate Trump ally to DOJ

The committee is presenting ample evidence of how Trump allies pressured the Justice Department to promote Jeffrey Clark, a mid-level official who is trying to get the Justice Department to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election results.

They showed text messages from December from U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, who texted Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows saying “we have to get going” with plans to defy the election and elevate Clark to a high level position.

“Got it. I think I get it,” Meadows replied.

(House Select Committee Jan. 6)

Later that month, Clark urged Richard Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, to sign a letter criticizing the Georgia election results and proposing to send out a list of pro-Trump voters.

Donoghue said he thought the letter was “extreme” and highly inappropriate, given the lack of evidence about electoral irregularities in the state.

“This is a serious step for the Department and could have tremendous constitutional, political, and social ramifications for the country,” Mr. Donoghue’s response read.

(Special committee on January 6)

“This was not based on facts,” the former Justice Department official added during his testimony Thursday. “It was actually contrary to fact.”

“It is very possible that it has led us to a constitutional crisis,” he added.

joseph marcus23 June 2022 21:15

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Today’s hearings have focused on the Justice Department’s role as Donald Trump and his allies pressured officials to overturn the election.

A key figure in that effort was Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department environmental lawyer who hoped to use the department to legitimize Trump’s false claims about the election and encourage states to send separate and illegitimate sets of electors to the former president.

Former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue told the Jan. 6 committee that he thought Clark was not qualified to weigh in on such matters. “I indicated that Jeff Clark is not even competent to serve as Attorney General. He has never been a criminal lawyer. He has never conducted a criminal investigation in his life,” Mr. Donoghue told the committee, adding, “How about he goes back to his office? and we will call you when there is an oil spill.”

joseph marcus23 June 2022 20:46

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Pence Seen Reacting to Offer to Force Trump Out of Office Using the 25th Amendment in Documentary Clip

Pence, who ultimately failed to invoke the 25th Amendment, appears bemused in the footage.

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Committee will show footage of White House staff members of Congress asking for pardons

Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:23

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The hearing will focus on the draft of an unsigned letter Trump wanted the Justice Department to send to Georgia officials to push for a special session approving fake voters.

Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:18

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Trump ‘wanted DOJ to help legitimize his lies,’ panel chair says

“Donald Trump didn’t just want the Justice Department to investigate,” President Bennie Thompson said in his opening statement. “He wanted the Justice Department to help legitimize his lies.”

Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:12

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