The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection held its fifth hearing of the month Thursday, with a focus on President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to help overturn the 2020 presidential election, which was won by Joe Biden.
Former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen testified Thursday that the Justice Department “held firm” against political pressure to take sides over the 2020 election results. Rosen said he told Trump that the department could not seize voting machines from the states because there was nothing wrong with the machines; Trump grew agitated.
Richard Donoghue, another senior Justice Department official, said Trump pressured officials to declare there was voter fraud in the election. “Just say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen,” Trump said. Donoghue said he found none of Trump’s fraud allegations credible.
Steven A. Engel, a long-serving department official who warned Trump that any move to replace Rosen would prompt mass resignations, also appeared in person before the committee Thursday.