Former DOJ official calls Italian government’s vote change theory ‘pure folly’

Richard Donoghue, the acting assistant attorney general of the United States from December 2020 to January 2021, testified that the reaction to the conspiracy theory that an Italian defense contractor uploaded software to a satellite that transferred votes from then-President Donald Trump to Joe Biden was “patently absurd.” .”

Video transcript

ADAM KINZINGER: So the last email here included a completely baseless conspiracy theory that an Italian defense contractor uploaded software to a satellite that transferred votes from Trump to Biden. The select committee’s investigation revealed that this savage and baseless conspiracy theory has traveled from the recesses of the internet to the highest levels of our government. On December 31, Mr. Meadows received this internet conspiracy theory from Rep. Perry.

On the screen now is the text Rep. Perry sent to Mr. Meadows, copying a YouTube link with the message, quoting: “Why can’t we just work with the Italian government?” The next day, the president’s chief of staff sent the YouTube link to Mr. Rosen, who forwarded it to Mr. Donoghue. Mr. Donoghue, have you watched this video?

RICHARD DONOGHUE: I did, congressman.

ADAM KINZINGER: How long was the video?

RICHARD DONOGHUE: About 20 mins.

ADAM KINZINGER: And what was your reaction when you watched this whole 20-minute video?

RICHARD DONOGHUE: I emailed the Acting Attorney General and said “pure madness”, which was my impression of the video, which was patently nonsense.

Sharon D. Cole