Jan. 6 panel to show Trump misused Justice Department

Former President Trump urged Justice Department officials to falsely claim there was evidence of fraud in the 2020 election and sought to replace the acting attorney general when he refused to provide his demands for details at his hearing on Thursday.

The committee will argue that such a declaration by Justice Department officials that fraud had occurred in the election would have cast doubt on the results and given GOP-controlled state legislatures an excuse to appoint alternate presidential elections and win President Biden to prevent.

Former Acting Atty. Gen. Jeffrey A. Rosen, former Deputy Atty. Gen. Richard Donoghue and former Assistant Atty. General for the Office of Legal Counsel Steven Engel is scheduled to testify before the committee that Trump asked the Justice Department in December to file legal briefs in support of election lawsuits filed by his campaign and allies. The testimony will also detail Trump’s request to appoint a special counsel to investigate voter fraud, although the Justice Department investigation concluded there was no evidence of fraud on a scale that would change the outcome of the election.

The panel will also discuss a move by the former president to allow 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 ruled that there was no legal basis for such a lawsuit.

The committee is also expected to focus on a handful of meetings in late December 2020 and early January 2021, at which Trump considered replacing Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, chief of the Justice Department’s civilian division, at the prompting of Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa .), including a Dec. 27 phone call in which Trump urged Rosen and Donoghue to “just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen,” according to a statement Rosen gave the committee made.

The panel is also expected to present itself a draft letter Clark was circulated via email on December 28, 2020, in which the Justice Department would request the Georgia legislature to hold a special session to investigate alleged “irregularities” in the state voting. The letter tantamount to a roadmap for how Georgia could overturn its election results and suggested that the legislature could ultimately select a new list of voters who would support Trump over Biden. Clark’s email indicates that similar letters are being sent to officials in other states detailing allegations of fraud. Rosen and Donoghue declined, prompting Trump to offer Clark the role of assistant attorney general.

On January 3, 2021, Rosen, Donoghue, Engel, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Assistant White House Counsel Pat Philbin met with Trump and Clark in the Oval Office and cautioned the President about the overall leadership of the Justice Department and the White House Attorney’s Office would resign en masse if Trump put Clark in charge of the Justice Department.

Donoghue told the committee in his testimony that Cipollone described the letter Clark was about to send to states as a “murder-suicide pact.” It will damage anyone who touches it. And we shouldn’t have anything to do with that letter. “

Thursday’s hearing is expected to be the last for several weeks. The committee will pause hearings for at least two weeks to consider new evidence it has received, Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said this week.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-23/day-5-jan-5-hearings Jan. 6 panel to show Trump misused Justice Department

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