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DOJ officials push back against Trump’s baseless voter fraud allegations: NPR


Richard Donoghue, a former acting deputy attorney general, testifies Thursday before the House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.

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DOJ officials push back against Trump’s baseless voter fraud allegations: NPR

Richard Donoghue, a former acting deputy attorney general, testifies Thursday before the House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.

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About a week before the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, there was an “escalation” of then-President Donald Trump’s earlier inquiries about allegations of voter fraud, a former senior US official testified Thursday. Department of Justice, including an “arsenal of allegations which he [Trump] wanted to lean on. »

In testimony before the House Select Committee investigating the insurgency, former acting deputy attorney general Richard told Trump “based on actual investigations, interviews with actual witnesses, actual examinations of documents that these allegations simply had no basis”.

In a 90 Minutes chat on Dec. 27, 2021, Donoghue said he went through the fraud allegations one by one to debunk them for Trump.

Among those theories was a report about Dominion voting machines having a 68% error rate in a Michigan county – which turned out to be false – and that the report was given to American lawyers in Michigan on December 14. for their awareness.

The next day, Trump lobbied the DOJ for the report to be true and prove he had won the election. He also said the Justice Department should use the report to tell the public the election was flawed.

“I did the quick math and found an error rate of 0.0063%, which is well within tolerance,” Donoghue said. He said he assured the president that the report citing the significantly higher error rate was not true.

Other theories were to debunk the belief that a trailer carried ballots from New York to Pennsylvania.

Trump tried to push Donoghue into declaring the election illegal and corrupt. Trump told him, “Just say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen,” according to Donoghue’s contemporary notes.

Former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen also described a number of actions Trump asked him to take as the president sought to cancel the 2020 election, including a meeting with Rudy Giuliani, a purveyor of false claims; ask the DOJ to file a complaint with the Supreme Court; hold a press conference; and send letters to officials in Georgia and other states, urging them to hold special sessions on their elections.

“The Department of Justice denied all of these requests … because we did not believe they were appropriate based on the facts and the law as we knew them,” Rosen told the panel.

From the time he became acting AG on Dec. 23 until an Oval Office meeting on Jan. 3, Rosen said Trump called or met with him to push the voter fraud allegations “virtually every day” to one or two exceptions, such as Christmas Day.

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