Former Trump Appointee Testifies Against Him During Senate Committee


As a Senate committee continues to hear from witnesses in an investigation into the Big Lie told by Donald Trump, the lie that said he really did win the 2020 presidential election but a conspiracy between a wide and varied number of actors – Democrats, Republicans, vote tabulating machine companies, non-partisan election officials, and the Italian government, to name just a few – stole it from him, yet another bombshell testimony unfurled on Wednesday.

The witness, former U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak, testified that he resigned abruptly in January because Trump intended to fire him for refusing to say that an investigation into the election in Fulton County, Georgia found a significant amount of fraud, enough to overturn the election results in Georgia.

‘While he did not discuss Mr. Trump’s role in his decision to resign at the time, he told the Senate panel that the president had been dismayed that Mr. Pak had investigated allegations of voter fraud in Fulton County, Ga., and not found evidence to support them, according to the person familiar with the statements.

‘Mr. Pak testified that top department officials had made clear that Mr. Trump intended to fire him over his refusal to say that the results in Georgia had been undermined by voter fraud, the person said. Resigning would pre-empt a public dismissal.’

Pak’s name was mentioned during that infamous phone call in which Trump ordered Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and others in Georgia to “just find” the correct number of votes to overturn the election. Trump, who appointed Pak as U.S. attorney in 2017, referred to him as a “Never-Trumper.”

‘During a phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger of Georgia on Jan. 2, two days before Mr. Pak resigned, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Raffensperger to find enough votes to reverse the state’s presidential election results and described fraud allegations that Mr. Raffensperger said were not supported by facts, according to leaked audio of the call.

‘Mr. Pak had refused to support similar election fraud claims because of the lack of evidence, according to two people familiar with his investigation. “You have your never-Trumper U.S. attorney there,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Raffensperger during their phone call.’

Hours after a meeting in which a letter to Georgia officials demanding statements about voter fraud was discussed, Pak says he received a phone call from Deputy Attorney General Richard P. Donoghue, the number two guy at the U.S. Justice Department.

‘During that phone call, Mr. Donoghue relayed that Mr. Trump remained fixated on the false notion that he had won Georgia, and said the president was angry that Mr. Pak did not support that conclusion, according to a person familiar with the call.

‘Early the next morning, Mr. Pak sent Mr. Donoghue resignation letters addressed to Mr. Trump and Mr. Rosen, effectively immediately.’