US justice officials outline Trump’s ‘brazen’ takeover bid

Former assistant attorney-general for the office of legal counsel Steven Engel testifies during the US Capitol riot hearing in Washington DC. – EPA pic, June 24, 2022.

LAWMAKERS investigating the attack on the US Capitol yesterday detailed Donald Trump’s efforts to recruit the Justice Department into his scheme to overturn his defeat to Joe Biden – attempting to replace its head with a loyalist who was “meddling in the outcome of a presidential election”.

At the fifth hearing into its year-long probe of the January 2021 insurrection, the House of Representatives panel described Trump’s pressure on officials to amplify his false claims that his presidency had been stolen by widespread voter fraud.

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