Former acting deputy AG testifies Trump pressured DOJ to declare 2020 election corrupt

Former acting Assistant Attorney General Richard Donoghue testified before the House inquiry into the Jan. 6 riot that then-President Donald Trump pressured the Justice Department to declare the 2020 presidential election corrupt, despite no evidence of fraud.
video transcript
RICHARD DONOGHUE: The United States Department of Justice's only client is the United States government. And the United States government has no standing, as our internal teams have repeatedly told us. OLC, led by Steve Engel, as well as the Attorney General's office, researched it and gave us thorough, clear opinions that we just didn't have. And we've tried to explain that to the President on numerous occasions.
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ADAM KINZINGER: Let's take a look at another of your notes. You also noted that Mr. Rosen said to Mr. Trump, quoting, "The DOJ cannot and will not snap its fingers and change the outcome of the election." How did the President react to that, sir?
RICHARD DONOGHUE: He responded very quickly and said that's not really what I'm asking you to do. All I ask is that you say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressman.
ADAM KINZINGER: So now let's put up the notes where you quote the President as you speak to him. He said the President -- the President said, "Just say the election was corrupt, and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen." So Mr. Donoghue, that's a direct quote from President Trump, right ?
RICHARD DONOGHUE: That's an accurate quote from the President. Yes.

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