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 difficult to imagine yet further evidence coming out incriminating Donald Trump in his plot to steal a second term. And yet, somehow, it does! That’s largely thanks the work of the House’s January 6 committee, whose public hearings may not change the minds of die-hard Trump supporters—who would believe Trump if he said Joe Biden stole a pair of triplets from a Scranton-area hospital in 1977 who were later seen changing Trump ballots to Biden ones—but it may help the work of the Justice Department. Which many are hoping will prosecute the ex-president over his attempt to burn democracy to the ground because he’s incapable of uttering the words “I lost.”
On Thursday, during the committee’s fifth public hearing, that evidence came from former DOJ officials who relayed first-person accounts of Trump‘s relentless attempt to use them to overturn the results of the election. For instance, former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue told the panel that Trump begged him to investigate numerous baseless voter-fraud claims. 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, according to Donoghue, responded: “Just say it was corrupt, and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.”
Just say it, and I’ll take care of the rest, wink, wink! It would be funny that the president of the United States was doing such a spot-on parody of a mafia 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 plot, he wouldn‘t shut up about it for one single, solitary day, except for a couple exceptions, including on Christmas, when he was presumably annoying other people with it.
Thanks to Donoghue’s contemporaneous notes, we also know that even after Trump was informed that the most batshit crazy conspiracy theory he dug up on the internet and wanted to use to overturn the election—the one about Italian satellites changing Trump votes to Biden ones—was patently false, he still wouldn’t let it go.
In other January 6 committee revelations, it turns out some of Trump’s most ardent supporters in his plot to stay in power seemingly had a small inkling that what they were up to may not have been entirely legal in, like, the criminal definition of the word.