The former Justice Department second-in-command said on Thursday that President Donald Trump had urged him to simply say that the 2020 presidential election he lost was “corrupt,” even though there was no had no reason to do so.
Testifying before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, Richard Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, was asked about his notes from a Dec. 27, 2020, conversation with Trump. .
In his notes, displayed on a large screen in the meeting room, Donoghue had written ‘just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest up to me and Congressmen R.’”
“The president said, ‘Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.’ So Mr. Donoghue, that’s a direct quote from President Trump, right? right?” asked Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Illinois), one of two GOP members on the panel.
“That’s an exact quote from the president, yes,” Donoghue replied.
Kinzinger also asked about a memo in which Donoghue wrote that Trump said the Justice Department had “an obligation to tell people that this was an illegal and corrupt election.”
“It’s also an exact quote from the president, yes,” Donoghue said.
Kinzinger went on to ask Donoghue if the Justice Department actually found evidence of corruption in the 2020 presidential election.
“There have been isolated cases of fraud. None of them came close to questioning the outcome of the election in any given state,” Donoghue said.
The comments came during the committee’s final June hearing. The hearing focused on efforts by Trump and others to cast doubt on the accuracy of vote totals and the validity of votes in some states by privately pressuring Justice Department officials to that they give credence to a series of debunked claims.
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