At a committee hearing on Jan. 6, former Justice Department officials described then-President Donald Trump’s relentless campaign to thwart the 2020 election, which led to almost mass resignations.
Evidence has been dramatically concentrated at the Oval Office meeting on January 3, in which Trump plans to remove former Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen in favor of former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark.
In particular, Clark strongly urged the DOJ to send a letter urging state governments to send alternative voters to Washington, DC.
Rosen described the meeting with fellow former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donog and former Assistant Attorney General to the Office of Legal Counsel Steven Engel.
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“The president turned to me and said, ‘Well, we know one thing, Rosen, you’re not going to do anything. You do not even agree with the allegations of electoral fraud,'” Rosen said. His testimony. “And then I said, ‘Well, Mr. President, it’s true you said I would not allow the Justice Department to do anything to manipulate the election.’
At a later meeting, Donoghue said he had told the president that there would be mass resignations at the DOJ if Rosen was fired and replaced by Clark.
“I resign immediately. I’m not working a single minute for this guy. I declare he’s completely incompetent,” Donoghu said. “So the President immediately turned to Mr. Engel and said, ‘Steve, you will not resign, will you?’ And he said, ‘Sure I will. Mr. President, you will not give me any other way.’ And I said, ‘And we’re not alone.’
Engel said he had told Trump, “Mr. President, in 24, 48, 72 hours, hundreds and hundreds of your entire Justice Department leadership may resign because of your actions.”
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The trial also discussed Trump’s persistent efforts to help Rosen and his fellow DOJ officials manipulate the election. Rosen said Trump would contact him almost every day from late December to early January.
Meanwhile, Rosen and Donoghue explained how Clark refused to hear the facts surrounding the false allegations of election fraud. Donoghue said he “doubled” and “stuck” the idea that he could steal the election, even in the face of the fact that the letter he was sending was not factual.
According to Donoghue, Trump asked himself and Rosen to “tell the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and members of the Republican Congress.”
The committee’s hearing on Thursday, Jan. 6, is the fifth in two weeks, and it plans more hearings next month. So far, the committee has looked into the events of January 6, Trump’s pressure on state officials, whether Trump really realized he had lost the election, and more.
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The committee is likely to investigate the alleged role played by Republican members of Congress in the future attack. Delegates Matt Gates, R-Fla., Scott Perry, R-Pa., Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., And Louie Gomert in R-Texas all apologized Thursday after the attack.
Spokesman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a witness said, discussed apologies to members, but none were asked.