Former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue spoke on June 23 when the House committee investigating the January 6 attack presented its findings at its fifth public hearing.
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Donahue took steps taken by the Justice Department to investigate allegations of fraud repeatedly made by former President Donald Trump. They said they did not find any of the claims to be factual.
“We have gone through a number of other [claims that the president raised]. A truck driver who claims to have moved an entire trailer of ballots from New York to Pennsylvania. This was also wrong. We did an investigation with the FBI, interviewing witnesses at the front and back of this trailer’s journey from New York to Pennsylvania. We covered loading manifests. We interviewed witnesses, including, of course, the driver, and we knew that was not true. It was never clear to me whether the driver believed it or not, but it was simply not true,” he said.
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Donoghue began to take handwritten notes during a telephone conversation with the president when he put forward a new claim for him that there were over 200,000 votes confirmed in Pennsylvania that were not actually cast. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois. showed Donoghue’s notes at the hearing, which quoted the President directly from a telephone conversation between the two.
“The President said: “Just say that the elections were corrupt. And leave the rest of me and the Republican congressman,” Kinzinger said. “Is this a direct quote from President Trump?”
“Right,” said Donahue. “This is an accurate quote from the president. Yes.”
Kinzinger also played video testimony from former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, in which Giuliani was asked if little-known Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was recommended for a senior position in the department after Clark put forward proposals to help the president’s efforts to cancel the 2020 election.
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“I remember telling people that someone should be put in charge of the Justice Department who is not afraid of what will be done to their reputation. Because the Justice Department was filled with people like that,” Giuliani said in the video evidence.
The hearing, the fifth of several scheduled by the committee for Jan. 6, focused on Trump’s pressure on the Justice Department to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. In the year since its inception, the committee has conducted more than 1,000 interviews seeking important information and documents from people who witnessed or were involved in the violence that day.