World · June 23, 2022

Panel on January 6 to show that Trump abused the Justice Department

Former President Trump prompted Department of Justice officials to falsely claim that there was evidence of fraud in the 2020 election and attempted to replace the interim Attorney General when he refused to comply with his demands, the panel of the Chamber investigating the Capitol uprising of January 6, 2021 will do details in its hearing on Thursday.

The committee will argue that such a statement by Justice Department officials that fraud occurred during the elections would question the results and give GOP-controlled state lawmakers a claim to appoint alternate presidential voters and prevent victory of President Biden.

The former interim lawyer. General Jeffrey A. Rosen, former interim deputy prosecutor. General Richard Donoghue and the former deputy prosecutor. Office of Legal Counsel General Steven Engel will testify before the committee that Trump asked the Justice Department in December to file legal pleadings in support of the election lawsuits brought by his campaign and his allies. The testimony will also detail Trump’s request to appoint a special adviser to Rosen to investigate election fraud, although Department of Justice investigations concluded that there was no evidence of fraud on a scale that would change the outcome of the election. elections.

The jury will also discuss the former president’s push for the Justice Department to challenge election results in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to the Supreme Court. Engel and the Office of Legal Counsel have ruled that there is no such a lawsuit was legal basis for Porta.

The committee is also expected to focus on a handful of meetings between late December 2020 and early January 2021 where Trump considered replacing Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, the head of the Civil Division of the Justice Department, on suggestion from Rep Scott Perry (R-Pa.), including a Dec. 27 phone call in which Trump told Rosen and Donoghue to “just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen”, according to a deposition Rosen gave to the committee.

The presentation of the panel is also foreseen a draft letter Clark circulated via email on Dec. 28, 2020, in which the Justice Department would urge the Georgian lawmaker to hold a special session to look into alleged “irregularities” in the state vote. The letter represented a roadmap for how Georgia could overturn its election results, suggesting that the lawmaker could eventually choose a new list of voters who would support Trump over Biden. Clark’s email indicates similar letters would be sent to officials in other states outlining allegations of fraud. Rosen and Donoghue refused, prompting Trump to offer Clark the role of interim attorney general.

On January 3, 2021, Rosen, Donoghue, Engel, White House Advisor Pat Cipollone, and White House Deputy Advisor Pat Philbin met with Trump and Clark in the Oval Office and warned the president that the entire leadership of the Department of Justice and the White House the legal office would resign en masse if Trump installed Clark as head of the Justice Department.

Donoghue told the committee in his deposition that Cipollone was referring to the letter Clark wanted to send to the states as “a murder-suicide pact. It will harm anyone who touches it. And we should have nothing to do with that letter.”

Thursday’s hearing is expected to be the last for a few weeks. The committee will suspend hearings for at least two weeks to review the new evidence obtained, Rep. President Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) Said this week.