Trump’s attempt to ‘corrupt’ the Justice Department under scrutiny

US President Donald Trump considered installing a loyalist at the top of the Justice Department after the resignation of his Attorney General Bill Barr (left)

Lawmakers investigating last year’s attack on the US Capitol set out Thursday to expose Donald Trump’s efforts to turn the Justice Department into his “personal” law firm in his bid to overturn his election loss.

In the fifth hearing into its year-long investigation into the violence, the House panel will highlight Trump’s attempts to “corrupt the nation’s top law enforcement agency, the Justice Department, to support his bid to nullify the election.” President Bennie Thompson said. he said.

“We will look specifically at how the president was trying to misuse the department to advance his own agenda to stay in power at the end of his term,” a committee aide said.

Witnesses will be Jeffrey Rosen, acting attorney general in the last days of the Trump administration, his deputy Richard Donoghue, and Steven Engel, former assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel.

The DOJ pursued a spate of Trump voter fraud claims, but Rosen said officials were presented with no evidence.

“That view was wrong then and it is wrong today, and I hope that our presence here today will help reaffirm that fact.”

– Showdown in the Oval Office –

Trump considered installing Clark as attorney general in Rosen’s place and having Clark reverse the department’s conclusion that there was no evidence of fraud that could influence the election.

At that Jan. 4 meeting, Rosen, Donoghue, Engel and White House counsel Pat Cipollone threatened to resign en masse and warned they would take a host of top federal prosecutors with them if Trump went ahead with his plan.

“And we will also see how the former president threatened to replace or fire leaders within the DOJ and how, again, some senior Republican officials within the DOJ stood up to the Trump pressure campaign,” the aide said.

The new evidence includes footage from documentary filmmaker Alex Holder, who had access to Trump and his family before and after January 6.

Originally published as Trump’s attempt to ‘corrupt’ the Justice Department under the spotlight

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