The committee's fifth public hearing on January 6 focused on efforts to pressure the Justice Department to overturn the election of former President Donald Trump.

The committee’s fifth public hearing on January 6 focused on efforts to pressure the Justice Department to overturn the election of former President Donald Trump (Picture: abacapress.com)

former President According to testimony at a January 5 committee hearing, Donald Trump told Justice Department officials to ‘just say the election was corrupt’ and leave the rest to them.

During a public hearing on Thursday afternoon, former Assistant Attorney General Richard Donoghue said he once spent 90 minutes debunking Trump’s false claims that the presidential election was stolen from him.

Donoghue said he went through each claim one by one and that Trump eventually stopped trying to convince him of their legal merit.

Donoghue’s notes about Trump’s words, “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressman.”

Donoghue reiterated to the House select committee probing the rebellion: ‘This is an accurate quote.’

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