Trump ignored lack of voter fraud and pressured DOJ officials to ‘just say’ the election was ‘corrupt’

Perry was one of several GOP lawmakers to seek clemency, according to an interview with the select panel by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former special aide to Trump. She told the Jan. 6 committee that Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Mo Brooks, R-Ga., Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, Louie Gohmert, R-Texas and Perry sought presidential clemency in the aftermath. . of the attack on the Capitol.

Clark offered a draft letter on Justice Department letterhead dated Dec. 28, 2020, saying the agency had “identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia”. The letter also recommended that the Georgian legislature convene a special session to address the election allegations raised. The special session would see the legislature take “all necessary steps” to ensure that any of the voter lists filed on December 14 would be accepted by Congress.

In addition, the document stated that alternative lists of voters from Georgia and other Trump-supporting states were sent to Washington, D.C., to be counted by Vice President Mike Pence on January 6, 2021, when Congress voted. is convened to count the votes of the Electoral College of States; Trump and others pressed Pence to make sure the count was never over, and the case was sent to enough states to make Trump the winner. This letter, which was never sent, was written by Clark and Ken Klukowski, a former White House attorney.

Eric Herschmann, a former White House lawyer, said Clark’s plan to void the election was not legal: “Congratulations, you just admitted that your first step or act you are taking as a prosecutor general would be a crime,” Herschmann said, although Trump never formally made Clark acting attorney general.

“A lot to lose”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of two Republicans on the nine-member select committee, led Thursday’s questioning of witnesses and the panel’s replay of events within the DOJ — and how Trump sought to install Clark, who was seen as someone who would heed any and all of his commands. Clark’s only qualification was that “he would do anything the president wanted him to do, including overturning a free and fair democratic election,” Kinzinger said.

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