Former senior Justice Department official Richard Donoghue has admitted being interviewed by Social Counsel Jack Smith’s office, as Smith seeks to incriminate his former boss Donald Trump.
Smith has been handling a case touching on Trump’s possible involvement in the incidents of January 6, 2020, at a time when Donoghue served as acting deputy attorney general.
Donoghue says that he agreed to take part in the interview on Monday, July 24. He, however, according to NBC News on Tuesday, July 25, says he has not called to testify before the federal grand jury investigating Jan. 6 Capitol riots and efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
He is among the people Trump allegedly tried to use to overturn President Joe Biden’s win then, something they reportedly refused to be involved in, with Trump threatening to replace then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who also resisted Trump’s pressure.
Donoghue testified before the House panel last year, revealing that Trump asked him and Rosen to dismiss the election as “corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.”
Trump confirmed receiving a target letter from Smith, informing him he is a target of an investigation by a federal grand jury looking into the Jan. 6 riot, which he says is now becoming political.
He claimed that President Biden has taken charge of the matter and is using people like Smith to fight him, hoping to scuttle his presidential candidacy.
“Deranged Jack Smith, the prosecutor with Joe Biden’s DOJ, sent a letter (again, it was Sunday night!) stating that I am a TARGET of the January 6th Grand Jury investigation, and giving me a very short 4 days to report to the grand Jury, which almost always means an Arrest and indictment,” he posted on his Truth Social account on Tuesday, July 18.
He said that his woes emanate from the fact that he is the main hurdle on Biden’s path, as the 80-year-old seeks his second and final term in the White House.
“I am Joe Biden’s NUMBER ONE POLITICAL OPPONENT, who is largely dominating him in the race for the Presidency,” he added.
Trump has since thrown his hat in the ring for the Republican ticket, with Florida governor Ron DeSantis and multimillionaire Vivek Ramaswamy being among those also keen on the ticket.