Richard Donoghue, the former acting deputy attorney general, testified Thursday that then-President Donald Trump became "agitated" when Department of Justice officials told him voting machines would not be seized to investigate allegations of election fraud.
Donoghue, testifying before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, described a fraught meeting with Trump, who was pressuring those in his administration to look into claims of fraud.
Late in the meeting, Donoghue said, Trump said people were telling him to change the leadership at the DOJ.
Trump, according to Donoghue, said he might elevate Jeffrey Clark, who was known at DOJ to champion Trump's false claims of election fraud. If he named Clark to a leadership position, "maybe something will finally get done," Trump said, according to Donoghue.
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