1/6 panel hears of Trump's pressure on Justice Department

6/23/2022 10:28:00 PM
1/6 panel hears of Trump's pressure on Justice Department

Rep. Adam Kinzinger details then-President Donald Trump's effort to use the Justice Department for his own political gain over the 2020 presidential election results on Day 5 of hearings by the Jan. 6 committee.

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger details then-President Donald Trump 's effort to use the Justice Department for his own political gain over the 2020 presidential election results on Day 5 of hearings by the Jan. 6 committee.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Jan. 6 committee heard Thursday from former Justice Department officials who faced down a relentless pressure campaign from Donald Trump over the 2020 presidential election results while suppressing a bizarre challenge from within their own ranks.

The committee last week presented videotaped depositions of former Attorney General William Barr, whocastigated Trump’s fraud claimsand resigned after failing to convince the president.Thursday’s hearing focused on what happened next as Rosen, Barr’s top deputy, took over the department and found himself immediately besieged by Trump’s demands for action.

ADVERTISEMENTaccording to handwritten notestaken by Donoghue and made public by lawmakers last year, Trump directed to Rosen to “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen.”Around that time, Trump was introduced by a Republican congressman, Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, to Clark, who’d joined the department in 2018 as its chief environmental lawyer and was later appointed to run its civil division. Clark has been subpoenaed by the committee to give a deposition but was not be among the witnesses Thursday.

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who all resisted demands to alter results in Trump’s favor.05:06 The House select committee investigating the Jan.What a Federal Gas Tax Holiday Could Mean for Prices at the Pump Bowers insisted on seeing Trump's evidence of voter fraud, which he said Trump's team never produced beyond vague allegations.Hayes Brown 1h ago / 6:43 PM UTC The Jan.

The committee last week presented videotaped depositions of former Attorney General William Barr, who castigated Trump’s fraud claims and resigned after failing to convince the president. Thursday’s hearing focused on what happened next as Rosen, Barr’s top deputy, took over the department and found himself immediately besieged by Trump’s demands for action.S. ADVERTISEMENT according to handwritten notes taken by Donoghue and made public by lawmakers last year, Trump directed to Rosen to “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the R. The panel showed video footage of protesters at the Arizona state house including a key figure, the horned-hat wearing Jacob Chansley, who was later arrested at the Jan. Congressmen. The committee sought on Tuesday to bring to light the severity of the threat to democracy in the days and weeks after the election, given the enormous and persistent pressure by the president and by Rudy Giuliani on officials and ordinary Americans to promote the"big lie" that Trump had won the election.” Around that time, Trump was introduced by a Republican congressman, Rep. June 21, 2022 02:13 Likewise, Andrew Hitt, the former chair of the Wisconsin GOP, told the committee that he was told that the fake electors’ votes “would only count if a court ruled in our favor.

Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, to Clark, who’d joined the department in 2018 as its chief environmental lawyer and was later appointed to run its civil division. "Our democracy held because courageous people like you heard today put their oath to the constitution above their loyalty to one man," Committee member Rep. But Bowers testified under oath that because of his faith, including a belief the U. Clark has been subpoenaed by the committee to give a deposition but was not be among the witnesses Thursday. Clark, according to statements from other Justice Department officials, met with Trump despite being ordered not to by bosses at the department and presented himself as eager to aid the president’s efforts to challenge the election results. "The system held but barely and the question remains, will it hold again?" The hearing laid out the plan hatched by Trump and his allies in Arizona to replace the bona fide Biden electors with phony ones. that painted Clark as a relentless advocate for Trump included a draft letter pushing Georgia officials to convene a special legislative session to reconsider the election results.” Republican Rep. ADVERTISEMENT Clark wanted the letter sent, but superiors at the Justice Department refused." Bowers refused to have any involvement in the fake electors plan being pushed by Giuliani. The harassment continued even as Bowers was caring for his seriously ill daughter, who died on Jan.

The situation came to a head on Jan. 3, 2021, a Sunday, when Clark informed Rosen in a private meeting at the Justice Department that Trump wanted to replace him with Clark as acting attorney general. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin could also have played a part in the false electors scheme. Liz Cheney opened Tuesday’s Jan. Rosen, according to the Senate report, responded that “there was no universe I could imagine in which that would ever happen” and that he would not accept being fired by a subordinate. Rosen then contacted the White House to request a meeting."Do not give that to him," Pence's aide responded. That night, Rosen, Donoghue and Engel, along with Clark, gathered with Trump and top White House lawyers for a contentious, hours-long Oval Office meeting about whether the president should follow through with his plans for a radical leadership change at the department. This is serious,” Cheney said. 4, John Eastman admitted in front of Trump that delaying the count and sending it back to the states would violate “several provisions” of the federal Electoral Count Act, but that Eastman was willing to proceed anyway because of his view that the act was unconstitutional.

According to testimony given by Rosen, Trump opened the meeting by saying, “One thing we know is you, Rosen, aren’t going to do anything to overturn the election. 6 attack on the U.” Donoghue and Engel made clear to Trump that they and large numbers of other Justice Department officials would resign if Trump fired Rosen. White House lawyers said the same. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2022.” "We cannot let America become a nation of conspiracy theories and thug violence. Pat Cipollone, then the White House counsel, said the letter that Clark wanted to send was a “murder-suicide pact.” ADVERTISEMENT “Steve Engel at one point said, ‘Jeff Clark will be leading a graveyard." The Arizona House speaker also described what his personal life has been like since the election. Share this -.

And what are you going to get done with a graveyard,’ that there would be such an exodus of the leadership,” Donoghue told the Senate Judiciary Committee.” Thompson, D-Miss. “So it was very strongly worded to the president that that would happen. He recounted an argument between a neighbor and a man with a pistol, and also talked about the reactions of his family.” Donoghue also sought to dissuade Trump from believing that Clark had the legal background to do as the president wished since he was not a criminal prosecutor at the department. “And he kind of retorted by saying, ‘Well, I’ve done a lot of very complicated appeals and civil litigation, environmental litigation, and things like that,’” Donoghue said."So it was disturbing." Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger testified about Trump's phone call asking him to"find 11,780” votes that could flip his state to prevent Biden’s election victory. “And I said, ‘That’s right.

You’re an environmental lawyer. Fulton County election worker Wandrea Arshaye ("Shaye") Moss, who was falsely accused, along with her mother, of carrying out a fake ballot scheme and called them professional vote scammers, allegations that led to death threats and intimidation, and forced them into hiding, committee aides said. How about you go back to your office, and we’ll call you when there’s an oil spill. Trump’s actions in Georgia are also the subject of a grand jury investigation, with the district attorney expected to announce findings this year.’” ___ Associated Press writers Michael Balsamo and Farnoush Amiri in Washington contributed to this report. Moss said that her life had been upended since the election. For full coverage of the Jan. 6 hearings, go to ."It's affected my life in a major way, in every way. 6 attack, Trump repeatedly cited disproven claims of fraud and raised the prospect of a “criminal offense” if Georgia officials did not change the state's count.