President Trump urged members of the Justice Department to say the 2020 presidential election was illegitimate despite a lack of evidence, the former assistant attorney general said. General Richard Donoghue made the announcement to the January 6 Committee on Thursday.
“Just say the election is corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen,” Trump said, according to notes Donoghue made during a discussion with the president in December 2020.
Thursday’s hearing focused on how Trump and his allies, including several Republican congressmen, tried to pressure the Justice Department to investigate allegations of voter fraud and help overturn the results of the 2020 election. Donoghue and former acting Atty. General Jeffrey Rosen echoed the former Atty. General William Barr’s earlier testimony, in which he testified that they told the President in several sessions that their investigations into allegations of fraud did not produce credible evidence.
Donoghue said he has refuted an “arsenal” of allegations made by Trump and has tried several times to explain that the Justice Department represents the US government and has no role in administering state elections.
“States conduct their elections,” he said. “We are not quality control for the states.”
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-23/jan-6-donoghue-rosen Justice Department rebutted ‘arsenal’ of election fraud claims