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Former U.S. Attorney General highlights Trump’s ‘smoking gun’ in new January 6 testimony

Former United States Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday identified what he called the “irrefutable gun” for criminally charging former President Donald Trump with his plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election. .

Appearing Thursday before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, Richard Donoghue, the acting deputy attorney general in the final weeks of the Trump administration, said Trump ordered him to “just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen” during a Dec. 27, 2020 conversation.

Donoghue had written the directive in his notes and testified that it was an “exact quote from the president.”

“It’s the smoking gun. Coupled with other testimonials, [it] demonstrates both substantial involvement and corrupt intent by Trump, the mindset required,” tweeted Holder, who served in Barack Obama’s administration.

Any prosecution against Trump would have to convince a jury that Trump acted with criminal intent to overturn the election results, knowing he had rightfully lost.

Donoghue also wrote that Trump said the Justice Department had “an obligation to tell people that this was an illegal and corrupt election.”

When asked if the Justice Department had indeed found evidence of corruption in the 2020 presidential election, Donoghue said, “There have been isolated instances of fraud. None of them came close to questioning the outcome of the election in any given state. »

Thursday’s hearing focused on efforts by Trump and his allies to pressure Justice Department officials to support his plan to overthrow democracy and stay in power.

A number of former Justice Department officials said the January 6 committee hearings provided compelling evidence that Trump had committed crimes.

Donald Ayer, former assistant attorney general in the George HW Bush administration, told the Guardian last week that “the committee hearings have reinforced the need to seriously consider bringing criminal charges against Trump.”

Current Attorney General Merrick Garland has yet to say whether Trump is under investigation or if there will be indictments, although he said he will be monitoring the hearings closely.

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