The last public hearing of the Select Committee is on January 6th on Thursday Shed a great new light About former President Donald Trump’s attempts to arm the Justice Department in the final months of his term as part of his plot to nullify the 2020 election and stay in power.
The hearing began just hours after federal investigators raided the home of Jeffrey Clark, who was one of the key Justice Department figures involved in Trump’s schemes. He denied any wrongdoing related to the sixth of January.
Three of Trump’s appointees testified in person Thursday, joining a growing list of Republicans who have sworn an oath to provide compelling information about Trump’s post-election hoaxes. The witnesses were a former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosenhis deputy Richard DonoghueAnd the Stephen Engelwho led the department’s office of legal counsel.
Here are some tips from Thursday’s hearing:
Inside the Oval Office meeting in December 2020: The hearing revived a high-stakes meeting of the Oval Office in December 2020, in which Trump considered firing the acting attorney general and inaugurating Clark, who was poised to do so. Use of Federal Law Enforcement Authorities To encourage state lawmakers to reverse Trump’s loss.
go to summer hearings, We already knew a lot about the meeting. But on Thursday, for the first time, we heard live testimony from some of the Justice Department officials who were in the room, including Rosen, the then acting attorney general. (He survived the meeting, after telling Trump that there would be mass resignations at the Justice Department if he replaced Clark Rosen.)
Eric Hirschman, the Trump White House attorney, said Clark was repeatedly hit in the head during the meeting. He told the committee that he called Clark a “hole” and said his plans would have been illegal. He also said Clark’s plan to send messages to the battlefield nations was “folly”.
In a videotaped testimony shown Thursday, Donoghue said he had taken Clark’s credentials away during the meeting, explaining that Clark had been Sadly unqualified To work as a public prosecutor.
“You’re an environmental attorney. How about you go back to your office, and we’ll call you when there’s an oil spill,” Donoghue said in the affidavit, describing what he told Clark at the White House meeting.
Donoghue said then-White House counsel Pat Cipollone called Clarke’s plan a “murder and suicide pact.”
Donoghue himself described Clark’s plan as “impossible” and “ridiculous”.
“It’s never going to happen,” Donoghue said of the plan. “It will fail.”
Thanks to the opposition of Rosen, Donoghue, Hirschman, Cipollone and possibly others, Trump did not follow his plan, which would have put the country in uncharted waters, and would increase the chances of Trump’s success in withdrawing from his plan. coup attempt.
The watered down hearing included a vivid description of Trump’s pressure campaignThursday’s proceedings included testimony from three attorneys who described what is happening behind the scenes at the Justice Department and the White House. It was a departure from Tuesday’s and earlier hearings, which included emotional testimonies from election officials, and included contrasting videos of the massacre at the Capitol.
But even if there were no rhetorical fireworks, the gist of the testimony was essential to understanding the breadth of Trump’s efforts to sabotage the 2020 election. Former Justice Department officials described what they saw and heard when Trump tried to recruit them to help him stay in power — and how he tried to topple them when they refused to do so. his request.
The material was thick at times. Witnesses rearranged White House meetings and phone calls with Trump. They were asked to dissect their handwritten notes about some of these interactions—something you see often in criminal trials, and less commonly in a congressional hearing.
However, the consistent testimonies of witnesses shed new light on the events we have known about over a year ago. And the entire hearing evoked memories of the Nixon era, because it was about how the incumbent president was trying to weaponize federal law enforcement to aid his political campaign.
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