White House lawyer Eric Herschmann told a Trump loyalist 'you would be committing a felony' after being told of a plan to use the DOJ to overturn the election

Former White House Counsel Eric Herschmann speaks to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on June 13, 2022. (House Select Committee via AP
Eric Herschmann said he brutally ridiculed a plan to use the DOJ to provide cover for Trump's unsubstantiated claims.
The White House attorney said he told a Trump loyalist his plan was illegal and he was "going to commit a crime."
Herschmann's testimony before the committee on January 6 was an important part of public hearings.
Former White House Counsel Eric Herschmann told the House Committee on Jan. 6 that he brutally poked fun at a plan by a Trump loyalist to seize control of the Justice Department in order to end the 2020 election at the last minute overthrow.
"And when he was done discussing what he was going to do, I was like, 'Well, damn, excuse me, dammit, congratulations, you just admitted that your first step or act, which you as what the Attorney General would do would be a felony and a violation of Rule 6c," Herschmann told the panel in an excerpt of his previously private testimony released Thursday.
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Herschmann, who is known for his blunt testimony, added that he sarcastically congratulated Jeffrey Clark, a Trump loyalist who works at the DOJ, who pitched a plan to Trump to take control of the department.
"You're clearly the right candidate for the job," Herschmann told Clark, later adding that the plan was just "stupid."
The committee hearing on Thursday, January 6, will focus on Clark's plan, which would install him as the nation's top law enforcement officer. Once Clark was in power, as acting attorney general, he wrote letters to Georgia and other state officials telling them that the department had found evidence supporting Trump's unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud. According to Rep. Liz Cheney, the top Republican on the committee and then-acting Assistant Attorney General Rich Donoghue, no such evidence existed.
Instead, Clark's draft letter was seen as an attempt to give federal coverage to those who wished to cast doubt on the 2020 election. In the chaos that followed, Trump could have found a way to stay in power.
"What was his only qualification?" Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, said during the hearing about Clark "that he would do anything the President wanted him to do -- that he would overturn a free and fair election."
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