At this point in history, some 19 months after the 2020 election and 17 months after the attack on Capitol Hill on January 6, it is hard to imagine more evidence emerging to incriminate donald trump in his plot to steal a second term. And yet, somehow, he does! That’s largely thanks to the work of the House Jan. 6 committee, whose public hearings may not change the minds of die-hard Trump supporters, who would believe Trump if he said Joe Biden stole a pair of triplets from a Scranton-area hospital in 1977, who were later seen exchanging Trump’s ballots for Biden’s, but it may help the Justice Department’s work. That many expect him to prosecute the former president for his attempt to burn democracy to the ground because he is unable to utter the words “I lost.”
On Thursday, during the committee’s fifth public hearing, that evidence came from former Justice Department officials who aired first-person accounts of Trump’s relentless attempt to use them to overturn election results. For example, former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue told the panel that Trump begged to investigate numerous unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud. Reported by Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen that the “DOJ cannot and will not snap its fingers and change the outcome of the election,” Trump, according to Donoghue, responded, “Just say he was corrupt, and leave the rest to me and the congressional Republicans.”
Just say it, and I’ll take care of the rest, wink, wink! It would be hilarious that the President of the United States was doing such a direct parody of a mob boss if it weren’t for the whole “democracy at stake” part.
Also on Thursday, Rosen testified that not only was Trump completely transparent about his illegal plot, but he wouldn’t shut up for a single day, except for a couple of exceptions, including Christmas, when he was allegedly upsetting other people. with that.
Thanks to Donoghue’s contemporaneous notes, we also know that even after Trump was told that the craziest conspiracy theory he dug up on the internet and wanted to use to nullify the election, that of Italian satellites changing Trump’s votes by Biden’s, it was patently false, he still wouldn’t let it go.
In other revelations from the committee on January 6, it turns out that some of Trump’s most ardent supporters of his plot to stay in power apparently had little idea that what they were up to might not have been entirely legal on the criminal definition. of the word. .