E-mails obtained by Congress show that Trump and his team were urging prosecutors to act on allegations of election fraud and conspiracy theories.
Documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice detail the efforts of then-President Donald Trump, his chief of staff and other allies to pressure the department to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election, a U.S. House court said Tuesday.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee, which sought the records of the Justice Department, outlined a series of openings by Trump, his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, and an outside private attorney who pushed the department to act on the former Republican president’s false election claims.
For weeks after the November election, Trump and those who spoke for him falsely claimed that his loss was due to widespread electoral fraud in the United States. His campaign and other supporters filed dozens of lawsuits in the courts to challenge the results – all were fired or defeated and no fraud was found. Trump goes on to claim that the election was “called.”
In an email obtained by the committee, dated December 14, 2020, U.S. Day Electoral College met in the United States by certify Victory of Democrat Joe Biden: “President Trump’s White House aide sent an email with the ‘From POTUS’ issue to then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen,” the committee said in a statement of press.
“The email attached materials on alleged election fraud in Antrim County, Michigan, including“ conversation points ”stating that“ there is a cover-up about voting machines in Michigan ”and“ Michigan cannot certify for Biden “”, the committee continued.
Other documents obtained by the committee showed that two minutes after the submission of these documents, the then assistant deputy chief executive officer, Richard Donoghue, sent the same documents to U.S. attorneys in Michigan.
And 40 minutes later, Trump tweeted that then-Attorney General Barr would no longer be temporarily replaced by Rosen and that Donoghue would be put on the post of Deputy Attorney General in office, according to documents obtained by the committee.
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In their new roles, Rosen and Donoghue became key targets for Trump and his team, as over the next few weeks they were called to meetings with the former president and were urged by Meadows and others to investigate claims without foundation of electoral fraud and conspiracy theories.
Among the theories that Trump’s team wanted the Justice Department to examine was a document translated by “an individual in Italy” that claimed to have “direct knowledge” of a plot involving the military and the CIA in which the American election data in Italy. . The person claimed that the data confirmed that Trump was “clearly the winner” of the election and that conservative sources in the Italian secret service confirmed this data.
This document was forwarded from Meadows to Rosen on December 30, 2020, and two days later, on January 1, Meadows sent Rosen a YouTube link referring to conspiracy theory in Italy.
Rosen forwarded the email to Donoghue, who replied, “Pure madness,” according to the documents.
The papers are presented as U.S. lawmakers continue to investigate the issue January 6 deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump supporters trying to frustrate Congress certification of Biden’s victory.
“These documents show that President Trump tried to corrupt our nation’s top law enforcement agency in a blatant attempt to overturn the election he lost,” President Carolyn Maloney said.
His release comes ahead of Tuesday’s committee hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray, who testified before another House court earlier this month, and General Charles Flynn, brother of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has also advanced Trump’s electoral conspiracy theories.
Trump representatives could not be contacted immediately for comment.