how trump pressured justice

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Public hearings on the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 continued on Thursday, June 23. During this fifth session, the special committee of the House of Representatives insisted on the repeated attempts of Donald Trump and his entourage for the Ministry of Justice to help invalidate the results of the presidential election of 2020.

With our correspondent in Washington, Guillaume Naudin

Once again, the commission chose Republican witnesses. Justice Department officials, all appointed by Donald Trump. After the resignation of Minister William Barr for not supporting the accusations of massive fraud pushed by the president and his entourage, it was Jeffrey Rosen who took over the interim.

And he tells. He tells how, every day between taking office and January 3, with the exception of Christmas Day, he was in contact with the president who asked him to validate by investigations and criminal prosecution the accusations of fraud . Or to study incredible conspiracy theories like this Italian satellite which would have changed Trump votes into Biden votes. ” Say it’s illegal, and let me and the Republican congressmen do the rest “, even said Donald Trump according to another witness.

But every day, several times a day, Jeffrey Rosen and his collaborators refused. Until the president threatened to appoint Jeffrey Clark, a lawyer specializing in the environment and who was ready to do what was asked of him, to head the ministry. All ministry officials then threatened to resign en bloc rather than take responsibility for their administration. As for Jeffrey Clark, his house was raided on Thursday by the services of the ministry he thought he was leading.

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