'DOJ has no choice now': Legal experts are stunned by new evidence of Trump's post-election corruption
Legal experts are weighing in on Wednesday evening's bombshell report in The New York Times that the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta resigned on January 4 rather than be fired by then-President Donald Trump for refusing to say the election was rigged and there had been massive voter fraud, which Trump had been falsely claiming.
Trump had appointed Byung Pak to be the U.S. Attorney in mid 2017. Hours after top DOJ officials either warned or pressured him – or both – on Jan. 3, that he would be fired, Pak sent his letter of resignation to the President. On Wednesday he told the Senate Judiciary Committee what had happened.
"DOJ has no choice now, they must open a criminal investigation on Trump," says attorney Ron Filipkowski, a former Republican turned Democrat, after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis infamously fired a Health Dept. data analyst.
The handwritten notes of Dep. AG Donoghue of the call with AG Rosen corroborate this testimony by Pak. The notes also said \u201cGA Legis. is with us.\u201d These are 3 Trump appointees at the highest levels of DOJ. DOJ has no choice now, they must open a criminal investigation on Trump.pic.twitter.com/ic8K6cslpu— Ron Filipkowski (@Ron Filipkowski) 1628717300
Former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman, now a constitutional law professor at U.C. San Diego and Los Angeles, calls it "repugnant."
Repugnant in multiple ways: \nByung J. Pak, a former U.S. attorney in Atlanta,told investigators that his abrupt resignation in Jan had been prompted by DOJ officials\u2019 warning that Trump intended to fire him for refusing to say that widespread voter fraud had been found in Georgia— Harry Litman (@Harry Litman) 1628720697
Former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman says there is "Mounting evidence of Donald Trump's criminal intent under federal and Georgia state law."
Mounting evidence of Donald Trump's criminal intent under federal and Georgia state law.\n\nU.S. Attorney in Georgia testifies: Trump was going to fire him for refusing to back up Trump's false claims (including on call with Raffensperger) of voter fraud.https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/11/us/politics/byung-pak-trump-atlanta-election-fraud.html\u00a0\u2026— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman) 1628718280
After this latest news Goodman says a "potpourri of criminal provisions potentially apply."
And he lists "possible" federal crimes Trump may have committed:
Litman adds the firing may have been unconstitutional:
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