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‘The president said what do I have to lose?’ Justice officials describe heated Jan. 3 meeting

Senior Justice Department officials Thursday described a heated White House meeting days before the January 6 attack on the Capitol, when President Donald Trump considered installing a loyalist as acting attorney general as part of his effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

‘Early on, the president said: “What do I have to lose?”‘ according to Richard Donoghue, former acting deputy attorney general.

He was one of three former Department of Justice officials who appeared before the House committee investigating the January 6 violence.

They presented evidence of the way Trump tried to use the department to pressure key wing states into reversing Joe Biden’s victory.

At its heart was a plan to install Jeffrey Clark, an environmental lawyer and Trump loyalist, as the head of the…


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