Washington — The House Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6 shows how former President Donald J. Trump has placed a wide range of bids to strongly arm the Justice Department to overturn the 2020 elections. I drew a vivid picture on Thursday about what I instructed. Since Watergate, the incumbent president has attempted to manipulate national law enforcement agencies to maintain power.
The Commission explained how Mr. Trump repeatedly tried to use the Justice Department to interfere with the election, with a stunning display of evidence, including testimony from senior officials who resisted the efforts of the former president. In almost daily conversations, he badged his leaders to act on the allegations of unfounded fraud, including wild internet fraud, and accused them of neglecting their jobs. He considered appointing a conspiracy theorist who had disseminated the eccentric story of voting irregularities to act as a special counsel to investigate possible election fraud. did.
“Why don’t you just catch the machine?” Mr. Trump demanded that he know at some point, and later told the Department of Homeland Security’s chief executive officer that the voting machine was under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security, not the Justice Department. I called when I was informed that it was below.
Mr. Trump said he didn’t need to find evidence when a senior Justice Department official repeatedly told him he had investigated and accused widespread fraudulent election allegations. “Tell me that the elections are corrupt and leave the rest to me,” he told them.
And when authorities refused to comply, Mr. Trump accepted a plan to dismiss his deputy lawyer and set up Loyalist Jeffrey Clark to place his bid. During the fierce confrontation in the Oval Office, only the threat of mass resignation in the department persuaded Mr. Trump to retreat.
In testimony and a new document, the Commission used a fifth hearing this month to portray a perplexed Justice Ministry who worked desperately to stop the constitutional crisis caused by the president who refused to give up power. We have come to such a collapse that presented and showed how close the country is.
“He pressured the Justice Department to act as an arm for his reelection campaign,” said Mississippi Democratic House Rep. Benny Thompson, chairman of the Commission, about Mr. Trump. “He and his allies had some credibility when he told the country that the election was stolen because law enforcement officials wanted his lies to look legitimate. “
Just three days before the January 6th attack, Clark was called an attorney-at-law, as White House phone records show, and some of the White House were part of the White House, with Trump completing his plans and Jeffrey. Rosen, acting lawyer, suggests that he had already believed that he had banished him.
Rosen testified Thursday that he attended a meeting in the Oval Office late in the afternoon to save his job and stop the calamity that would have involved the country.
“I wanted to convince the president not to follow the wrong path that Clark seems to advocate,” Rosen said. “I didn’t want the Justice Department to be in a position to do things that didn’t match the truth, or the proper role of itself, or the Constitution.”
But Mr. Trump seemed unaffected by the implications of what he was looking for. “What do I need to lose?” According to Thursday’s testimony, he asked top executives, according to testimony from Deputy Prosecutor-General Richard P. Feynman.
The panel also said that at least six Republicans in the House of Representatives, who played a leading role in Mr. Trump’s efforts to use Congress to overturn the elections after the January 6 attack, rejected himself. He presented evidence that he sought forgiveness from all Republicans who voted. Mr. Biden’s voter vote. According to the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, the list includes Matt Gaetz of Florida, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania. Included, Louis Gomart of Texas. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia.
Bigs, Perry and Gomart denied they had asked for an amnesty.Mr Green called for testimony about her “Gossip and lies.” Mr. Brooks admitted that after the violence on January 6, he sought amnesty from more than 100 Republicans in Congress, but “Democrats have become their constitutional or statutory obligations.”
Gates did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
Not all of these representatives are directly linked to pressure on the Justice Department, but the Commission further sheds light on Mr. Perry’s prominent role in Mr. Trump’s efforts to arm government agencies. I guessed it.
Perry introduced Clark to Trump the day after he and other Republicans met at the White House to discuss how to overturn the election results. He urged Mr. Meadows to have Mr. Trump appoint Mr. Clark as Attorney General. He then encouraged Donald to give Clark the ability to “do something” about Mr. Trump’s fraudulent allegations.
The session also embodied the role of Clark, a lesser-known department official who was a key man in Mr. Trump’s plan to use the power of the institution to achieve his goals. Clark was responsible for the environment and natural resources sector and was the deputy head for the civil sector. Not only did he accept Mr. Trump’s false election allegations, but he also wrote to Georgia’s election authorities, who falsely claimed that the Justice Department had “identified serious concerns” that would affect the state’s election results. I urged Mr. Rosen to send it.
The Commission provided evidence that the White House knew the plan was illegal. “Congratulations, I just acknowledged the first step or action of the Attorney General to commit a felony,” Eric Hirschman, a lawyer at the White House Advisory Office, told Clark. .. The testimony was taken on Thursday.
Federal agent has obtained a warrant Find Clark’s house On Wednesday and grab his phone. It remains unclear what they were looking for. Clark did not respond to requests for comment on the investigation warrant or hearing.
The hearing also revealed that Mr. Trump had a former lawyer in the White House budget office named Ken Kurkovski, a second secret ally in the department. After the election, Mr. Kurkowski worked with John Eastman, a lawyer who helped create an “alternative” slate for Swing State voters who mistakenly claim that Mr. Trump had won.
Important revelation from the January 6 hearing
After working with Eastman, Kurkowski joined the Justice Department on December 15, 2020 and was specially assigned to work for Clark, a member of the Wyoming Republican House of Representatives Liz Cheney. The Vice-Chairman of the Society said. So he helped Clark draft a letter from Georgia. The letter contained part of Mr. Eastman’s theory of alternatives to the Electoral College.
Mr. Trump’s allies have drafted a proceeding in the department to file in the Supreme Court. This is a request that former Legal Advisory Office Director Stephen A. Engel described as “certainly rare” and “useless.”
The panel reiterated how Mr. Trump and his allies sought a theory to maintain his power, revealing an “Italian Gate” plot uncovered by Italian defense contractors using satellite technology. Persuaded the Deputy Secretary of Defense to call the Italian government to investigate. Turn over the vote for Mr. Trump to Joseph R. Byden Jr.
In mid-December, he made such an allegation to former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, who had spread an unfounded array of theories of widespread fraud, according to Powell’s testimony on Thursday. Requested to be a special counsel to investigate.
Vivid details of how Rosen and Donohue played a Whac-A-Mole high stakes game against a series of people who were fighting conspiracy theories and false allegations of fraud and responding to Mr. Trump’s request for evidence. Hearing caught in the fraud by giving him a stable flow of suspicious material.
After receiving a video detailing the Italian Gate theory, Donohue wrote in an email that it was “pure madness,” and on Thursday he told the committee that he was “obviously ridiculous.”
I heard laughter in the hearing room when Mr. Donohue told Mr. Clark how he was not eligible to become Attorney General. “You are an environmental lawyer. Go back to the office and call when the oil spills.”
The story of Mr. Trump’s attempt to intervene in the Justice Department is well documented by news reports, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the January 6 House Committee. However, some of that evidence has taken on new urgency in the context of hearings.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who led the question, investigated Mr. Trump’s most notorious reaction to being told that no evidence of fraudulent elections was found. “That’s not what I want from you,” Trump replied, according to Donald’s testimony. “Tell me that it’s corrupt and leave it to me and the Republican Congress.”
“I wanted to declare the election corrupt, but I knew there was no evidence to support that statement,” Trump said. “The president didn’t really care about investigating the facts. He just wanted the Justice Department to lie about the approval.”
According to Thompson, the panel plans to hold at least two hearings in July. These sessions detail how a crowd of violent radicalists attacked Congress in the name of Mr. Trump and how Mr. Trump did nothing for more than three hours to bring back his supporters. Is expected.
Stephanie Lai When Chris Cameron Report that contributed.