Capitol Riot Hearing Updates: Officials from the Justice Department claim that there is no evidence to back up Trump’s claims of rampant voting fraud. The attorneys further asserted that the president’s plan to atone for his defeat in important states constituted “a murdersuicide pact.”
The disruption at the US Capitol last year is being investigated by the panel as a possible coup attempt. The House of Representatives select committee is attempting to prove that Mr. Trump engaged in illegal behavior by trying to hold onto power before a swarm of his followers stormed Congress in a violent attack on January 6, 2021.
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The inquiry, according to Mr. Trump, a Republican, is a “kangaroo court” designed to deflect attention from the “disaster” of a Democraticled government and surging inflation before November’s midterm elections. President Joe Biden’s standing has never been worse, and Mr. Trump has made it seem as though he’ll run for office once more in 2024. The Department of Justice, which is the federal agency in charge of maintaining US law and is supposed to be neutral to the White House, was the focus of the sixth public session, which was held on Thursday. Former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen asserted that Mr. Trump had spoken to him “almost every day” prior to the attack on the Capitol, where senators had convened to confirm Mr. Biden’s victory.
According to Mr. Rosen, Trump asked the law department to issue a statement contesting the election results, saying, “Leave the rest to me and the Republican legislators.” According to Mr. Rosen, he opposed.We did not think they were acceptable based on the facts or the law, he told the committee. Former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue said in court that he refuted all of Mr. Trump’s “arsenal of [voting fraud] claims” during a 90minute hearing in December 2020. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois and member of the committee, emphasised that the Trump administration had once looked into a made up claim that Italian satellites moved votes from Mr. Trump to Mr. Biden and had asked th president to grant them pardons to protect them from further prosecution. The meeting also learned about Mr. Trump’s heated exchange with three top justice department officials on the evening of January 3, 2021, in the Oval Office. According to information provided to the committee, Mr. Trump proposed a plan to replace Mr. Rosen with an associate named Jeffrey Clark, an environmental lawyer who lacked the necessary experience to manage the department.On letterhead, Mr. Clark had written a memo outlining how to invalidate election results in states where Mr. Trump had just barely lost. Pat Cipollone, the White House attorney at the time, had warned that the letter would be “a murdersuicide pact,” according to Mr. Donoghue. He asserted that he, Mr. Rosen, and another senior worker, Steven Engel, warned the president that there would be a mass exodus from the justice department if Mr. Clark was nominated. Mr. Trump ultimately changed his mind.