None was extra damning than a quote that re-surfaced during the latest public hearing of the House choose committee investigating January 6 on Thursday. It got here from an prolonged cellphone name between Trump, performing Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and performing Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue in December 2020.

The name, in accordance to Donoghue, who took contemporaneous notes, featured the then-President repeatedly urgent the highest Justice Department officers over quite a lot of false and conspiratorial claims in regards to the election — all of which Donoghue shot down.

At some level in the course of the name, Trump seems to develop exasperated. He implored Rosen and Donoghue to “just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen,” Donoghue testified Thursday.

Yeah. Think about that for a minute.

This will not be the primary time we now have heard that line. NCS reported on the existence of Donoghue’s notes — and the Trump quote therein — in July 2021.

But within the context of the case being made by the January 6 committee, the quote is totally beautiful and deeply revealing.

Consider, first, the brazenness exhibited by Trump right here. He is asking the 2 highest-ranking officers of the Justice Department on the time, who’ve already repeatedly made clear to him on the identical name that his claims of election fraud are spurious, to simply say that there was fraud — and be performed with it.

Second, the quote reveals — or, in reality, re-reveals — the utter misunderstanding (and contempt) that Trump had for the Department of Justice.

Time and time once more, from the very early days of his time in workplace, Trump publicly expressed his frustrations that the DOJ wouldn’t merely do his bidding.

Trump repeatedly questioned — through his Twitter feed and his personal public feedback — why his first legal professional common, Jeff Sessions, had recused himself from the investigation into Russia’s makes an attempt to affect the 2016 election.

In (*6*) in August 2018, Trump requested, “What kind of man is this?” of Sessions, including that he “never took control of the Justice Department.”
Trump fired Sessions on the day after the 2018 election.

Despite hand-picking Sessions’ successor, Bill Barr, Trump nonetheless complained the probe, led by particular counsel John Durham, designed to look into the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation was not shifting shortly sufficient.

“If that’s the case I think it’s terrible,” Trump told conservative radio show Rush Limbaugh in October 2020 when requested in regards to the chance that the Durham probe may not be launched till after the election. “It’s very disappointing. And I’ll tell [Barr] to his face. I think it’s a disgrace. It’s an embarrassment.”

(Worth noting: It wasn’t simply the Department of Justice the place Trump appeared to essentially misunderstand his energy over them. He repeatedly referred to “my generals” and “my military.”)

The third factor the quote reveals is that Trump did not actually care — in any significant means — whether or not or not there was precise election corruption. Remember that in the identical cellphone name the place Trump asks Rosen and Donoghue to “just say the election was corrupt,” he had informed that the varied claims he was making about election fraud had been false.

All Trump cared about was utilizing the imprimatur of the Justice Department as a protect by which he might then steer notion in favor of his election lies. In quick: He knew what he was saying wasn’t born out by the information. He did not care. He simply needed the DOJ to say “corrupt” in order that he might meld and form that for his personal aim: staying in workplace it doesn’t matter what.

It’s not clear but whether or not the committee will suggest legal fees on the finish of all of this. Or whether or not the DOJ will cost Trump — or anybody else — in reference to their actions on January 6.

But what is clear is that Trump considered the Justice Department as simply one other arm by which to perform his agenda. He by no means knew or cared in regards to the independence of DOJ, or why that was (and is) crucial to the well being of American democracy.


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