‘I’ve lost my name, I’ve lost my reputation’: Voting official givers testimony at Jan 6 hearings
A new report says that Donald Trump is not only watching the 6 January hearings closely, but that he is furious that there are no Republicans on the panel to fight his corner because House leader Kevin McCarthy pulled three nominees out of the committee when it was formed.
According to The Washington Post, the former president is “about to scream at the TV” during the sessions, which have so far laid out devastating evidence of his and his associates’ plot to illegally wrest the presidency back from Joe Biden.
Meanwhile, as the committee’s fifth gets underway, chair Bennie Thompson has announced that with a flurry of law enforcement activity on Wednesday and a steady stream of new evidence, it is pausing its schedule after today’s hearing to resume once the House comes back from its 4 July recess.
The panel is in the process of securing the cooperation of longtime right-wing activist Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Congressman Mo Brooks, who spoke at the 6 January rally outside the White House, has also offered to testify but says he will only do so in public.
Trump told DOJ to say election was corrupt and ‘leave the rest to me’ and GOP, Jan 6 hearing told
Top officials at the Justice Department testified on Thursday that then-President Donald Trump put enormous pressure on them in near-daily phone calls and statements demanding that they declare the results of the 2020 election fraudulent with zero evidence.
Former acting deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue told the committee that Mr Trump instructed him personally to say that the election was “corrupt”, and that he would use that as the impetus for Congress to act and refuse to certify the results.
“Just say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen,” Donald Trump said, in words read aloud by Jan 6 committee member Adam Kinzinger, who then asked: “That’s a direct quote from President Trump, correct?”
“That’s an exact quote from the president, yes,” Mr Donoghue responded.
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Josh Marcus23 June 2022 21:23
Committee details pressure campaign to elevate Trump ally in DOJ
The committee is rolling out extensive evidence of how Trump allies pressured the Justice Department to elevate Jeffrey Clark, a mid-level official attempting to get the DOJ to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election results.
They showed December text messages from US representative Scott Perry, who texted Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that “we gotta get going” with plans about challenging the election and elevating Mr Clark to a high level position.
“I got it. I think I understand,” Mr Meadows replied.
Later that month, Mr Clark urged Richard Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, to sign a letter criticising Georgia’s election results and proposing sending a slate of pro-Trump electors.
Mr Donoghue said he thought the letter was “extreme” and highly innappropriate, given the lack of evidence about election irregularities in the state.
“This is a grave step for the Department to take and could have tremendous constitutional, political and social ramifications for the country,” Mr Donoghue’s response read.
“This was not based on fact,” the former DOJ official added during his testimony on Thursday. “It was actually contrary to the facts.”
“It may very well have spiralled us into a constitutional crisis,” he added.
Josh Marcus23 June 2022 21:15
Today’s hearings have focused on the role of the Justice Department as Donald Trump and his allies pressured officials to overturn the election.
A key figure in that effort was Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ environmental lawyer who hoped to use the department to legitimise Mr Trump’s false claims about the election and encourage states to send separate, illegitimate sets of electors for the former president.
Former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue told the January 6 committee he thought Mr Clark was not qualified to weigh in on such matters. “I made the point that Jeff Clark is not even competent to serve as the Attorney General. He’s never been a criminal attorney. He’s never conducted a criminal investigation in his life,” Mr Donoghue told the committee, adding, “How about you go back to your office. and we’ll call you when there’s an oil spill.”
Josh Marcus23 June 2022 20:46
Pence seen reacting to bid to force Trump from office using 25th amendment in documentary clip
Mr Pence, who ultimately did not invoke the 25th amendment, appears nonplussed in the footage.
Abe Asher23 June 2022 20:35
Committee to show footage from White House staff of members of Congress asking for pardons
Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:23
Hearing to focus on unsigned draft letter Trump wanted DOJ to send to Georgia officials to push special session approving fake electors
Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:18
Trump ‘wanted the Justice Department to help legitimize his lies’, panel chairman says
“Donald Trump didn’t just want the Justice Department to investigate,” chairman Bennie Thompson said in his opening statement. “He wanted the Justice Department to help legitimize his lies.”
Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:12
‘Unpredecented’ filmmaker who stirred up January 6 investigation had ‘thorough’ meeting with committee
Alex Holder’s forthcoming documentary series Unprecedented, which features interviews with Donald Trump and other inner circle figures in the days around January 6, has shaken up the special committee’s investigation.
On Thursday, investigators met with the British filmmaker, who said he had a “thorough” convesation with committee members.
“I have provided the committee with all requested materials and am fully cooperating with the investigation,” he said in a statement. “I have no further comment at this time other than to say that our conversation today was thorough, and I appreciated the opportunity to share more context about my project.”
The series will air this summer on Discovery+.
Josh Marcus23 June 2022 20:10
Actor Sean Penn at the US Capitol to watch hearing
Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:10
Chairman says fifth hearing will focus on DOJ pressure campaign
Committee chairman Bennie Thompson opened the fifth hearing by saying that it will focus on the pressure exerted by Donald Trump and his allies on the Department of Justice.
He said the panel will hear from DOJ officials and that the committee will show that the pressure campaign continued into January of last year, adding that Mr Trump wanted the department to call the election “corrupt”.
Mr Thompson added that Mr Trump attempted to replace the acting attorney general with a more loyal individual.
The chairman said Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger will lead today’s hearing.
Gustaf Kilander23 June 2022 20:08