Jan 6 hearing to focus on Trump’s planned DOJ shake-up: live updates

WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump’s threat to oust his attorney general in favor of someone more willing to pursue his baseless claims of election fraud are the focus the House Jan. 6 committee’s hearing Thursday.

The latest:

  • White House lawyer’s warning: Trump White House Counsel John Herschmann said he told former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark his first act as attorney general would be to commit a felony if he went through with a plan to tell six swing states to send alternate slates of Trump electors to Congress.
  • Who are the GOP lawmakers who sought Trump pardons?: The committee has alleged that some GOP lawmakers asked for pardons over their actions related to Jan. 6. Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney said Thursday’s hearing would close with video testimony from three Trump staff members who would identify the lawmakers.
  • ‘Just say it was corrupt’: Richard Donoghue, a senior Justice Department official, testified that Trump leaned on DOJ to declare voter fraud in the 2020 election. “Just say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen,” Trump said, according to Donoghue.
Jeffrey Rosen, former acting Attorney General, left, and Richard Donoghue, former acting Deputy Attorney General, before the start of the public hearing before the committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol on June 23, 2022 in Washington DC.

Donoghue took notes during Trump call

Donoghue said he took notes during a Dec. 27, 2020 phone call with Trump during which Trump pressed Donoghue and acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen about an “arsenal of allegations” of election fraud he wanted investigated.

Donoghue said he grabbed a notepad from his wife’s nightstand when Trump mentioned an allegation he hadn’t yet heard. The committee displayed photos of some of those notes as Donoghue testified that he repeatedly tried to explain to Trump that the Justice Department has a limited role in state elections.

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