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DOJ officials have pushed back on Trump’s baseless election fraud allegations


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Richard Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, testified before the House Select Committee on Thursday to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.

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Richard Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, testified before the House Select Committee on Thursday to investigate the January 6 attack.

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About a week before the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, there had been an “increase” in earlier demands for then-President Donald Trump’s election fraud allegations, a former top Justice Department witness testified on Thursday, including “an arsenal of allegations.” [Trump] Wanted to depend on. “

Testifying before the House Select Committee to Investigate the Rebellion, former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard said he told Trump “based on actual investigations, eyewitness interviews, actual reviews of documents, there is no merit in these allegations.”

In a 90-minute conversation on December 27, 2021, Donoghue said he went through one by one with fraudulent claims for Trump.

One of those theories was a report on Dominion voting machines in Michigan County with an error rate of 68% – which turned out to be false – and the report was sent to U.S. attorneys in Michigan on December 14 for their awareness.

The next day, Trump pressed the DOJ that the report should be true and that he had won the election. He said the Justice Department should use the report to inform the public that the election was rigged.

“I did an instant calculation and got an .0063% error rate, which is within tolerance,” Donoghue testified. He said he assured the president that the report citing significantly higher error rates was not true.

Other theories include dispelling the notion that the trailer carried ballots from New York to Pennsylvania.

Trump tried to get Donoghue to declare the election illegal and corrupt. According to Donoghue’s contemporary notes, Trump told him: “Just say it’s corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican Congress.”

Former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen also outlined several steps that Trump has asked to take as president to overturn the 2020 election, including meeting with Rudy Giuliani, who makes false claims; DOJ filing suit in Supreme Court; Take the press conference; And sending letters to officials in Georgia and other states urging them to hold special sessions on their election.

“The Department of Justice rejected all of those requests … because we didn’t think they were appropriate based on the facts we knew and the law,” Rosen told the panel.

From the time he became acting AG on Dec. 23 until the Oval Office meeting on Jan. 3, Rosen said, with one or two exceptions, such as Christmas Day, Trump called or met with him to pursue election fraud claims “literally every day.”

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