Previous hearings have shown how Donald Trump has deliberately tried different ways to stay in power. He tried to offend the Ministry of Justice as a campaign organization.
Donald Trump’s record of sins has largely reached the five Hearings At the Capitol Storm on January 6, 2021.
The list was presented on Thursday by ex-party girlfriend Liz Cheney, who has estranged from him because of Trump’s coup attempts and has accepted a break from his party. She didn’t put the word “criminal” in her mouth, but it was almost audible, so every word had an echo.
Trump mistakenly declared victory on November 3, 2020. On this basis, he and his team began a “fraudulent media campaign”.
Trump intentionally posted ads with false statements he knew were untrue.
Trump “fraudulently collected” based on false allegations of voter fraud.
Trump has tried to persuade Republicans in several state legislatures not to recognize the election result in their state.
Trump has asked election officials in several states to simply rig the result. When they refused to participate, he openly criticized them; They have all been subjected to mass threats from Trump supporters.
Trump tried to persuade Vice President Mike Pence, as the speaker of the Senate, to cancel votes from several states until Trump had a majority.
When Pence refused, Trump instead tried to persuade him to delay the confirmation of the election.
“Every move requires planning and coordination, and some of it requires big money. And all of this has been overseen by President Trump,” Cheney summed up: Someone made a well-thought-out plan with a lot of money — a criminal plan directed against the constitutional order of the United States. (Also read the comment: “How truth becomes fiction.”)
Heavy tension weighed on Thursday’s fifth hearing, as it had in the previous four. The House committee painted an ever more repressive picture of how Trump is trying to offend the Department of Justice as a branch of his electoral organization. After Jeff Rosen took office as attorney general on December 23, Trump ordered that he be summoned or called daily to discuss alleged voter fraud — except on Christmas Day.
Nonsense in the White House
One particularly surreal event involved a member of parliament, Trump’s chief of staff, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and eventually even Italy’s Defense Attache. Representative Rick Perry texted Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows a YouTube video in which a former CIA agent claims a satellite from Italy was manipulated to divert votes from Trump to Biden. Trump’s chief of staff called the attorney general, who asked his deputy to watch the 20-minute video. Representative Richard Donoghue called it “clear nonsense,” he said at the hearing.
Despite this, Meadows insisted that the attorney general should receive conspiracy theorists for the meeting; The man works with Trump campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani. The attorney general refused. In the end, it turned out that Trump, meanwhile, had asked his defense secretary to call Italy. Then the defense attaché there reported that the alleged witness to the international intelligence plot was in custody on charges of data theft.
The wild story of Jeff Clark
And Jeff Clarke’s story, told by his boss Jeff Rosen, at the hearing, is very brutal. Clark was an assistant attorney general in charge of environmental law when Trump suddenly invited him to the masses at the White House. Rosen noted this with astonishment when he took office, insisting through official channels that attorneys general at the Department of Justice must maintain their independence from the president. It soon became clear that Clark and Trump had been in close contact – sometimes from 7 a.m. and all day long. Clark continued to come up with new suggestions on how to thwart the election.
At least he was offering me to remain his deputy. I thought this was absurd.”
Attorney General Jeff Rosen on his subordinate Jeff Clark
The Department of Justice should investigate, file a criminal complaint in federal court for election fraud, write a letter to the Georgia state legislature, and seize voting machines, all to discredit the election result and legitimize its abolition. When Rosen and his deputy Donoghue refused, Trump wanted them removed and Clark installed as the new attorney general. Rosen learned of the plan from Clark. At least he was offering me to remain his deputy. “I thought it was absurd,” Rosen said at the hearing, with a chuckle, despite the seriousness of his statement.
Threatening to resign
A tense session culminated in a showdown on Sunday, January 3rd in the Oval Office. By then, the White House’s internal telephone directory had already listed Jeff Clark as the new attorney general, the commission found. Trump initially prepared for all the allegations of fraud that have long been debunked. Two and a half hours later, Trump asked what he would lose. Donoghue explained the damage done to American democracy and Trump’s reputation. Rosen and Donoghue then threatened to resign, and with them the entire cadre of the Department of Justice.
We will show that Donald Trump has turned to violence. When all his other attempts failed, violence was his last resort.”
Benny Thompson, Chairman of the Committee
In the end, Trump backed away from that part of his plan – only to aggressively attack Vice President Mike Pence and organize a January 6 rally. Now the only thing missing from the hearings is the demonstration that the committee wants to address after a short break in mid-July. Its chairman, Benny Thompson, said its investigators have received and evaluated a lot of new material.
But one thing is already certain: “We will show that Donald Trump turned to violence. And when all his other attempts failed, violence was his last resort.” The commission wants to show that the storming of the Capitol was not a fatal mistake by a few fanatics, but an act of violence that Trump created the conditions for, but actually wrought.
The material does appear to warrant a criminal investigation against the former president. However, it is not the House committee that decides this, but rather the Department of Justice. How it will be determined open. It does show, however, that she’s serious about it, despite the delicate political situation: This week he took all her electronics into a raid on Jeff Clark’s apartment.
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Fabian Filmman He has been writing on political issues for over 20 years. Since the summer of 2021, the political expert has been working in Washington, DC as a correspondent for the United States of America.