Commission of Inquiry on January 6 | A hair’s breadth from a “constitutional crisis”

(New York) Donald Trump était “très agité”, en ce 27 December 2020. Assis derrière son bureau à la Maison-Blanche, il refusait d’accepter ce que les deux plus hauts responsables du département de la Justice lui pour la répéniient Once. His allegations of voter fraud were unfounded, and the ministry could not “find its fingers” to change the results of the presidential election.

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“He responded very quickly and said, in essence, ‘That’s not what I’m asking you to do, what I’m asking you to do, is to say there is corruption and leave the rest to me and the members of the Republican Congress.'” said Richard Donoghue, acting second-in-command. At the Justice Department, on Thursday.

At the Fifth Inquiry Plenary Session on January 6, Richard Donoghue and the other star witness that day, Jeffrey Rosen, acting United States Attorney General, provided several other examples of interactions in which Donald Trump appeared to want to bribe the Department of Justice to stay in power.

He was willing to sacrifice our republic to prolong his presidency. “I can’t imagine dishonorable behavior on the part of the president,” said Illinois Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger, who played a key role during cross-examination of witnesses.

It is clear that the December 27, 2020 meeting did not put an end to Donald Trump’s efforts. The next day, one of his allies in the Department of Justice, environmental attorney Jeff Clark, asked Jeffrey Rosen and Richard Donoghue to sign a letter to Georgia politicians. The letter falsely claimed that the Department of Justice “found significant issues” that would alter the state’s election results.

Rosen and Donoghue refused to sign the letter.

for the section [de la Justice]Bringing oneself into the political process in this way would have, I think, dire consequences for the country. It could have led us to a constitutional crisis.

Richard Donoghue, former Acting Department of Justice Number Two

A few days later, Jeffrey Rosen learned that Donald Trump was preparing to replace him with Jeff Clark as the acting attorney general of the United States.

“I will not be fired by my subordinates,” Rosen said, recalling that he requested and got a meeting at the White House right away.

The purpose of the meeting on January 3, 2021: to distract the president from his idea. Clark attended, as did Donoghue and Justice Department legal counsel Stephen Engel.

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Department of Justice Legal Counsel Stephen Engel

“What do I have to lose?” asked the President, speaking of replacing Jeffrey Rosen with Jeff Clark.

“Mr. President, you have a lot to lose,” Donoghue replied, referring in particular to the “mass resignations” that such a replacement would cause within the Department of Justice.

Then Stephen Engel stepped in to say that Jeff Clark would run a “cemetery” if he was appointed head of the Department of Justice.

According to Jeffrey Rosen and Richard Donoghue, Engel’s intervention seemed to convince Trump that promoting Jeff Clark was a bad idea.

In the FBI’s field of vision

Clark This is not only in the crosshairs of the commission of inquiry on the sixth of January. The FBI raided his home Wednesday morning in connection with the creation of lists of fake voters after the 2020 presidential election. According to their promoters, these lists should have been used as an excuse for Mike Pence to refuse to certify the results of the January 6, 2021 ballot.

The committee also heard testimony from former White House employees who cited several Republican representatives who sought a preemptive presidential pardon after the Capitol attack.

These actors include Matt Gaetz (Florida), Moe Brooks (Alabama), Andy Biggs (Arizona), Scott Perry (Pennsylvania) and Louie Gommert (Texas).

The committee’s next hearings are scheduled for July. They are supposed to focus on Donald Trump’s role in creating the climate of violence that led to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

At the end of the fifth hearing, Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney addressed her party members: “Since the hearings began, you have heard over a dozen Republicans tell you what happened. It really happened in the weeks leading up to January 6. It can be hard to accept that President Trump offended you. Your trust. He deceived you. Many will make excuses to ignore this fact. But it is a fact. I wish it were not true. But it is.”



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