Former Attorney General Richard Donoghue Opposition to Appointing Jeffrey Clark to the Justice DepartmentThe Trump Administration's decision to replace acting attorney general Jeffery Rosen with lower-level official Jeffrey Clark has created a political crisis. The former attorney general is opposed to appointing Clark‚ who is known for his support for the President's baseless election fraud claims. The Trump administration wants someone more amenable to running the Justice Department. Former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue recalled that in January 2021‚ President Donald Trump and Justice Department officials discussed the possibility of replacing Rosen with Clark.
A series of public hearings by the House Select Committee resumed on Thursday‚ with testimony from ex-Justice Department officers who spoke out about Trump's attempts to press them into supporting him in his 2020 victory. Jeffrey Rosen (former acting attorney general)‚ Richard Donoghue (ex-acting Deputy Attorney General) and Steven Engel (assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel) testified about Trump's attempts to convince them to back his false claims of voter fraud. Rosen and Donoghue told of a conversation they had in December 2020 with Trump‚ in which he pleaded for them to declare the election corrupt even though he was proven falsely fraudulent. Simply say the election was corrupt‚ and forget the rest‚ Trump said to them according to notes Donoghue made during the conversation. Before testifying on Thursday‚ Steven Engel (former assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel)‚ Jeffrey A. Rosen (former Acting Attorney General) and Richard Donoghue (former acting Deputy Attorney General) were sworn in. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Pool/AFP via Getty Images They also spoke out about the discussions they had with Trump at the White House‚ during which he considered firing Rosen‚ and replacing him by Jeffrey Clark.
Clark was an environmental lawyer at the Justice Department at that time. Clark stated that he was ready to continue investigating Trump's false election fraud allegations. This hearing was fifth in a series that featured public presentations. The panel is continuing to present its findings from the investigation into the January 6‚ 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.