[COMMENTARY] Trump Wanted DOJ’s Help in Manipulating Pence Over Jan 6th Riot

“Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!” the crowds of Trump supporters chanted as they marauded through the halls of Congress on January 6th. A gallows had been constructed on the Capitol grounds, presumably for anyone in their custody whom the Trump faithful deemed a ‘traitor’ despite committing in the act of sedition themselves. “Where’s Nancy?” they taunted in singsong tones, trying to hunt down the Speaker of the House. Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed as she attempted to breach the doors of the Speaker’s Lobby.

With those images seared into our collective memories, we could only wonder what they would’ve done if they’d gotten their hands on the then-Vice President or Nancy Pelosi, as so many have testified they were only there because they had been invited by Donald Trump, and they were only carrying out his orders. Many members of Congress have spoken about their experiences that day, huddling in fear and preparing themselves for the worst should they be discovered by the angry mob.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump mob enters the Capitol Building after breaking into it on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

Last week it was reported that Trump asked then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to, “Just say that the election was corrupt” and “leave the rest to me,” according to notes taken by acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue. Since that time, it was revealed that Civil Rights Division head Jeffrey Clark met with Trump and then drafted a letter amplifying the former president’s election fraud claims. But the letter was quickly shot down by his colleagues who threatened to quit if it was released. On Saturday, Rosen sat down for seven hours behind closed doors with senators from both parties and reportedly documented multiple instances of attempts by Trump to influence the DOJ.

With the formation of the bipartisan Select Committee, the Republicans’ plan to rewrite the history of January 6th is falling apart. In a new interview with the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) claims that Donald Trump not only attempted to get the Department of Justice to intercede on his behalf as he attempted to overturn the 2020 Presidential election results, but he also made an effort to manipulate Pence.

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