Jan 6 Hearing: Trump an even bolder criminal than previously thought

At this point in history, some 19 months after the 2020 election and 17 months after the January 6 attack on the Capitol, it’s hard to imagine any more incriminating evidence coming out. Donald Trump in his plot to steal a second term. And yet, somehow, it does! That’s largely due to the work of the House’s Jan. 6 Committee, whose public hearings won’t change the minds of die-hard Trump supporters — who would believe Trump if he said Joe Biden stole a trio from a Scranton-area hospital in 1977, who were later seen changing Trump’s ballots to Biden’s — but it may help the Justice Department’s work. Many hope the ex-president will be prosecuted for attempting to burn democracy to the ground for being unable to utter the words “I lost.”

On Thursday, at the commission’s fifth public hearing, that evidence came from former DOJ officials passing on first person accounts of Trump’s relentless attempt to use them to undo election results. For example, former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue told the panel that Trump begged him to investigate numerous baseless claims about voter fraud. Informed by Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen that the “DOJ can’t and won’t snap its fingers and change the outcome of the election,” Trump replied, according to Donoghue: “Just say it was corrupt, and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.”

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Just say it, and I’ll take care of the rest, wink, wink! It would be funny that the President of the United States did such a apt parody of a mob boss, if not for the whole “democracy at stake” bit.

Also on Thursday, Rosen testified that not only was Trump completely transparent about his illegal conspiracy, he wouldn’t shut up about it for a single lonely day, with a few exceptions, including Christmas, when he supposedly irritated other people about it.

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Thanks to Donoghue’s contemporaneous notes, we also know that even after Trump was told that the most insane conspiracy theory he’d dug up on the internet that he wanted to use to undo the election — the one about Italian satellites turning Trump’s votes into Biden — was obviously untrue, he still wouldn’t let go.

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Other revelations from the Jan. 6 commission show that some of Trump’s most ardent supporters in his plot to stay in power seem to have had the slightest suspicion that what they were up to might not have been entirely legal in, as the criminal’s definition of the word .

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