Former US Justice Dept. official says Trump sought support to overturn election

A former high-ranking official of the US Justice Department says then-President Donald Trump asked for help to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election.

The US House of Representatives committee investigating the Capitol riot that occurred on January 6, 2021 held a hearing on Thursday. It was the fifth hearing this month.

Former high-ranking officials of the department testified on how Trump pressured them to support his claims that he lost the election due to fraud.

Then-acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue testified that he told Trump the Justice Department cannot and will not change the result of the election.

Donoghue testified that Trump said, "What I'm just asking you to do is say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen."

Donoghue and other former officials said Trump sought to replace the acting attorney general with one who would support his election claims. They said Trump gave up the idea when most of the officials who were there at the time threatened to resign.