Former deputy acting attorney general Richard Donoghue testified that none of Trump’s election fraud claims were credible and Trump still wanted members of the DOJ to say the election was corrupt.
Here’s Donoghue testifying based in part on notes he took during a December 2020 meeting with Donald Trump:
Justice Department officials testifying about Trump’s election fraud claims:
Q: Were any of the allegations he brought up found credible? Did you find any of them credible?
A: No. pic.twitter.com/W6pt5gxQh9
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 23, 2022
“Just say the election is corrupt and leave the rest to me and Republican congressmen,” Donoghue testified that Trump told them.
Donoghue testified that he rebutted an “arsenal” of Trump’s false allegations. He said he tried to explain to Trump that the DOJ represents the U.S. government and isn’t in charge of elections.
“States run their elections. We are not quality control for the states,” he tried to explain to Trump.
Donoghue’s recollections of telling Trump his claims had no merit are similar to those of Bill Barr’s (of “bullsh*t” infamy) earlier testimony.
On Tuesday, various election officials testified to their efforts to investigate Trump’s specious claims and coming up empty as well.
On June 16th, the then Vice President’s general counsel Greg Jacob testified that Eastman admitted in front of Trump on January 4th that the scheme to overthrow the election was illegal.
“Did John Eastman ever admit in front of the President that his proposal would violate the Electoral Count Act?”
“I believe he did on the fourth.”
This is more evidence that Trump knew his scheme was illegal. This point might not even matter legally in order to prosecute Trump and or his mafia sidekicks, but it is important because it means Trump lied to people when he incited them to go to the Capitol on January 6th, and he lied in the commission of other possible crimes like his fundraising off of this lie for legal help that he didn’t actually spend on legal help (as was evident to anyone who watched Rudy Giuliani sweating hair dye in front of Four Seasons Landscaping).
It also establishes that Trump knew he was pressuring the Department of Justice to undertake an illegal act based on a lie in order to refuse a peaceful transfer of power, which is the most egregious abuse of power imaginable in a democracy.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah hosts Politicus News and co-hosts Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news programs and talk shows, and print outlets including Stateside with David Shuster, as well as The Washington Post, The Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and more.
Sarah is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.