Washington (Associated Press) – Based on a handwritten note from a participant in the conversation, President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to announce the 2020 election results as “corrupt” in a December phone call.
The minutes of the December 27 conference call released by the House Oversight Committee on Friday highlighted Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results and gain support from law enforcement officials and other government leaders in this effort. Emails posted last month Shows that Trump and his allies pressured the Justice Department in the last few weeks of his presidency to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of fraud in the 2020 elections, and the Justice Department’s inspector general Is investigating whether the department Officials tried to subvert the results.
According to the notes of Richard Donoghue, a senior Justice Department official, Trump once told the then acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen: “Just talk about election corruption and the rest Leave it to me and Republican congressmen.” Phone.
The pressure is even more pronounced because just a few weeks ago, Trump’s own Attorney General William Barr announced that the department had found no evidence of widespread fraud that could overturn the results.
The December 27 call was made a few days after Barr’s resignation. During the last few weeks of government turmoil, Rosen was in charge of the department. It also included the riots in the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Prop supporters rushed into the building because Congress was proving the results of the election.
“These handwritten notes show that President Trump directly instructed our country’s top law enforcement agency to take steps to overturn free and fair elections in the final days of his presidency,” New York Democratic Rep. Caroline Maloney in a statement Say. statement.
She said that the committee has already started arranging interviews with witnesses. The Justice Department authorized six witnesses to appear in court earlier this week, citing public interest in “extraordinary events” in the last few weeks.
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