Jan 6 hearings: Trump-affiliated lawyer compares FBI to Stasi, as ex-president’s appeal to Putin revealed

Trump to DOJ: Say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me

Donald Trump celebrates the Supreme Court ruling overturning the constitutional right to abortion, saying it “will work for everyone” and amounts to “giving back rights when they should have been given long ago” — all while the fury over the devastating decision overshadows evidence of his plan to undermine the US democratic process in 2020 and 2021.

During the select committee hearing on Jan. 6, several former Justice Department officials confirmed that even after Trump was repeatedly informed that his election claims were baseless, Trump still praised the supporters who rioted in the Capitol.

“They’re smart,” Trump told filmmaker Alex Holder, “and they see and saw what happened, and I believe that was a big part of what happened on January 6.”

Mr Holder has described an incident in October 2020 where an interview he had scheduled with Mr Trump was canceled because the then president was on the phone with Vladimir Putin. The content of their conversation is unknown so far.

Meanwhile, a former Justice Department attorney who attempted to advance Donald Trump’s baseless election claims within the administration has been searched by the FBI.

In an interview with Fox News shortly afterwards, Jeffrey Clark compared the raid to the secret police of the Stasi in East Germany.

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Pence Watched Respond to Bid to Force Trump Out of Office Using 25th Amendment in Documentary Clip

Mr Pence, who ultimately did not invoke the 25th Amendment, looks stunned at the images.

Abe AsherJune 23, 2022 20:35

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Today’s hearings focused on the Justice Department’s role as Donald Trump and his allies pressured officials to reverse the election.

A key figure in that effort was Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ environmental attorney who hoped to use the department to legitimize Trump’s false claims about the election and encourage states to send separate, illegitimate voters for the former president.

Former Deputy Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue told the Jan. 6 commission that he believed Mr Clark was not qualified to speak on such matters. “I made the point that Jeff Clark is not even authorized to serve as the Attorney General. He has never been a criminal lawyer. He has never conducted a criminal investigation in his life,” Mr Donoghue told the commission, adding: “Wouldn’t you go back to your office. and we’ll call you if there’s an oil leak.’

Josh MarcusJune 23, 2022 20:46

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Committee details pressure campaign for Trump ally in DOJ . to elevate

The commission is distributing extensive evidence of how Trump allies pressured the Justice Department to raise Jeffrey Clark, a middle official trying to get the DOJ to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election results.

They showed December text messages from U.S. Representative Scott Perry, who texted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that “we need to get started” with plans to challenge the election and send Mr. Clark to a to lift high position.

“I understand. I think I understand,” replied Mr. Meadows.

(House Select Committee on January 6)

Later that month, Clark urged Richard Donoghue, the former deputy deputy attorney general, to sign a letter criticizing Georgia’s election results and suggesting sending some pro-Trump voters.

Donoghue said he found the letter “extreme” and highly inappropriate given the lack of evidence about electoral irregularities in the state.

“This is a serious step for the ministry and could have huge constitutional, political and social consequences for the country,” said Mr Donoghue.

(Special Commission on January 6)

“This was not based on fact,” the former DOJ official added during his testimony on Thursday. “It was actually contrary to the facts.”

“We could very well have entered a constitutional crisis,” he added.

Josh MarcusJune 23, 2022 9:15 PM

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Trump told DOJ to say election was corrupt and ‘leave the rest to me’ and GOP, told Jan. 6 hearing

Top Justice Department officials testified on Thursday that then-President Donald Trump exerted enormous pressure on them in near-daily phone calls and statements demanding that they declare the results of the 2020 election fraudulently without any evidence.

Former Deputy Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue told the committee that Mr. Trump had personally instructed him to say 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,” said Donald Trump, in words read Jan. 6 by commissioner Adam Kinzinger, who then asked, “That’s a direct quote from President Trump, correct. ?”

“That’s an exact quote from the president, yes,” replied Mr. Donoghue.

More details on this latest news here.

Josh MarcusJune 23, 2022 9:23 PM

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Is This Trump’s Nixon Moment?

Some compare the efforts of Donald Trump and his allies to make the Justice Department serve its political goals during a scandal to those of President Nixon’s infamous attempts to cover up the Watergate crisis.

As Maggie Haberman from The New York Times wrote on social media Thursday: “Comparing Trump to Nixon has always been imperfect for a variety of reasons, but never have the parallels been more apparent than during a hearing in which two former top DOJ officials testified that Trump intended to use the department for strictly partisan political purposes.”

Josh MarcusJune 23, 2022 21:30

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Donald Trump Exploded During DOJ Meeting, Threatening Leaders To Resign

During a meeting in late December with Richard Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, and other DOJ officials, Donald Trump threatened to fire the administration’s attorneys for not confiscating voting machines and stating that they were suspicious of the 2020 election results.

“Towards the end of the meeting, the president again became very excited. He said, “People are telling me to get rid of both of you,” Mr Donoghue testified on Thursday.

The president then said he was considering elevating Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ official, who had been circulating plans to have the Justice Department declare the state’s election results suspicious and encourage lawmakers to send pro-Trump voters.

“Maybe something will finally be done,” Trump said, according to the testimony.

Josh MarcusJune 23, 2022 21:40

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Sean Penn is a member of the Capitol who were injured in the last public hearing on Jan. 6

Sean Penn sat with Capitol Police officers injured in the Jan. 6 riot during Thursday’s hearing on the uprising.

The Academy Award winner and celebrity activist chatted and joked with Michael Fanone, now a CNN contributor, and shook hands with other agents.

“I’m just here to observe — just another citizen,” Penn told reporters.

“I think we’ve all seen what happened on January 6 and now we’re looking to see if there’s justice on the other side.”

Bevan Hurley has the story.

Josh MarcusJune 23, 2022 21:45

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Trump wondered ‘What have I got to lose?’ while thinking about elevating conspiracy theorist at DOJ

In the days just before January 6, Donald Trump met top Justice Department officials in the Oval Office.

He told the assembled leaders that he was considering seeking a clearinghouse among the top leaders, who did not agree to the former president’s electoral conspiracies, and elevating Jeffrey Clark, a middle-ranking DOJ official who did.

“What have I got to lose?” According to the testimony of former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue, Trump wondered aloud.

“I said, ‘Mr. President, you have a lot to lose,'” Mr. Donoghue testified.

The top DOJ official said the decision to take Mr. Clark, an environmental attorney with no background in criminal investigation, would be a disaster.

“It’s impossible, it’s absurd. It’s not going to happen. And he will fail,” Mr. Donoghue continued in the meeting, according to his testimony.

He also said he warned the president that the decision would lead to mass resignations.

Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone likened elevating Mr. Clark, who wanted states that went for Biden to subdue illegitimate pro-Trump voters instead, to a “murder-suicide pact.”

Josh MarcusJune 23, 2022 22:04

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The reviews are in: Donald Trump calls day 5 of the hearings a ‘kangaroo court’

Donald Trump is outraged by the Jan. 6 hearings, posting numerous messages on his Truth Social app on Thursday during the commission’s work.

He argued that the commission failed to present the president’s side of the story or get out his thoroughly debunked claims about a stolen election.

“They refuse to go there, they want it all CANCELLED because it would be IMPOSSIBLE for the Unselect Committee to refute or challenge what would be presented to them or to the American public,” read a message.

Read the full posts below.

(Donald Trump/Truth Social)

(Donald Trump/Truth Social)

Josh MarcusJune 23, 2022 22:17

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Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Mo Brooks asked for Trump’s pardon, told Jan. 6 hearing

Representatives Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs, Louis Gohmert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Scott Perry were among Republican members of Congress who asked then-President Donald Trump to protect them from future prosecutions by granting their presidential pardon in the days immediately following the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6 last year.

Their names were revealed Thursday by the House select committee on Jan. 6 at the conclusion of the panel’s hearing to investigate Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to assist in its efforts to end his campaign. 2020 election loss to Joe Biden.

The select committee played videotaped excerpts from statements by former Trump White House staffers describing Republican members’ efforts to gain leniency after Mr. Trump’s plan sparked the worst attack on the Capitol since the war. from 1812.

“The general tone, because we can be prosecuted because we determine the positions of the president on these matters,” said former White House deputy adviser Eric Herschmann, who confirmed to the panel that Mr. Gaetz asked for a pardon.

Richard Hall and Andrew Feinberg have more.

Josh MarcusJune 23, 2022 22:30

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