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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

1/6 panel to hear about Trump’s pressure on the Justice Department

WASHINGTON — Jan. 6, the committee will hear from former Justice Department officials who have faced a relentless campaign of pressure from Donald Trump over the 2020 presidential election results while quelling a bizarre challenge within their own ranks.

Thursday’s hearing will draw attention to the department’s unforgettable unrest as Trump, in his last days in office, tried to bend a law enforcement agency that had long cherished its independence from the White House to his will. The testimonies are intended to show how Trump not only relied on outside advisers to push his false claims of election fraud, but also attempted to use the powers of the federal executive branch.

Witnesses include Jeffrey Rosen, who served as Acting Attorney General during the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Three days earlier, Rosen had been involved in a tense showdown in the Oval Office in which Trump intended to replace him with a lower-level official, Jeffrey Clark, who wanted to support Trump’s bogus claims of electoral fraud.

In a written statement prepared for the committee and obtained by The Associated Press, Rosen says the Justice Department was not presented with any evidence of fraud that could affect the outcome of the election and therefore was not involved in any Trump campaign efforts to reverse the decision. results, instead insisting on an orderly transfer of power.

“Some have claimed to the former president and the public that the election was corrupt and stolen,” Rosen said in a statement. “That view was wrong then and wrong today, and I hope that our presence here today will help confirm that fact.”

Two other former department officials, Rosen’s first deputy, Richard Donoghue and Steven Engel, are also expected to testify. Both warned Trump at the White House meeting that they would resign and that many of the department’s lawyers would follow suit if he replaced Rosen with Clark.

“You can have this situation, within 24 hours, hundreds of people will resign from the Department of Justice,” Donoghue told Trump. “Is this good for someone? Is it good for the department? Is it good for the country? It’s good for you. Is not.”

Only then did Trump relent. The night, and then his Republican administration, ended with Rosen still in power.

The hearing is the fifth this month by a House committee investigating preparations for an uprising at the Capitol when Trump supporters stormed the building as lawmakers certified the results of an election won by Democrat Joe Biden. Witnesses included police officers attacked at the Capitol, as well as lawyers, a television executive and local election officials who resisted demands to change the results in favor of Trump.

Last week, the committee released video footage of former Attorney General William Barr, who criticized Trump’s claims of fraud as “bullish”, “bogus” and “stupid” and resigned after failing to convince the president.

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