Assault on Capitol: the commission denounces a “shameless” manipulation of Trump

During this fifth public hearing, the nine elected officials -seven Democrats and two Republicans repudiated by their party- detailed the pressure exerted by Mr. Trump on the ministry so that the latter officially declared that the election had been rigged and that is why it is launching lawsuits. parallel to those initiated by the president’s lawyers.

“Donald Trump didn’t just want the Justice Department to investigate. He wanted the Justice Department to help him legitimize his lies and unsubstantiated claims that the election was rigged,” said Commission Chairman Bennie Thompson.

The elected officials returned to tensions within the ministry in the days prior to January 6, 2021, when the defeated president had faced an internal revolt when trying to install one of his relatives at the head of the institution.

“It was a blatant attempt to use the Justice Department to advance the personal political interests of the president,” Thompson added.

Former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen said he came under intense pressure from Trump, who contacted him almost daily between Dec. 31 and Jan. 3.

“At one point, he suggested appointing a special prosecutor in charge of voter fraud. On several occasions, he asked me to meet with his personal attorney (Rudy) Giuliani,” Mr. Rosen said.

Former Acting Deputy Minister Richard Donoghue testified that he repeatedly told the former US president that his accusations of voter fraud were unfounded.

Trump simply repeated that he had won the presidential election. “The president said, + just say the election was rigged and leave the rest up to me and the elected Republicans +,” Donoghue said, based on his notes taken during a phone conversation with Trump and a former interim . Minister Jeffrey Rosen.

Seeing that the highest officials of the Ministry of Justice refused to give in, the defeated president tried to install one of his relatives at the head of the institution. Jeffrey Clark, a midlevel official who embraced the president’s theories about a rigged election, would overrule the department’s findings, which found no evidence of fraud that could have changed the outcome of the November ballot.

“Nonsense”

Jeffrey Clark was also going to intervene on behalf of the ministry to refuse to certify the results of the elections in the key state of Georgia, where Joe Biden had won with only 12,000 votes in advance.

But Jeffrey Rosen, Richard Donoghue, Steven Engel, a top ministry official, and Pat Cipollone, a White House lawyer, threatened to resign during a meeting with Donald Trump on Jan. 3, warning that top federal prosecutors would be taken away. of all country.

“I pointed out that Jeff Clark did not have the skills to be an attorney general. He has never tried a criminal case. He has never conducted a criminal investigation in his life,” he said, Mr. Donoghue recounted.

The commission of inquiry announced on Wednesday that two additional sessions would be held in July.

Congress suspends its work on July 4 for two weeks.

“The commission continues to receive new evidence that is important for the investigation,” explained a parliamentary source.

In particular, he wants to see hours of film by documentary filmmaker Alex Holder, who had access to Trump and his family members before and after January 6.

After a year of investigation, the commission wants to present its conclusions before the end of the summer, placing Donald Trump at the center of “an attempted coup” that culminated in the assault of hundreds of his followers on the Congress building in Washington last January. January 6, 2021, when elected officials certify Joe Biden’s victory.

The images of the chaos in the Capitol and its surroundings had gone around the world and shook American democracy for a few hours.

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