Then-President Trump urged senior Justice Department officials in a December phone call to “just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me” and the Republican Congressmen , according to handwritten notes of the appeal released by the House Oversight Committee on Friday.
Why is this important: It is the latest example of the aggressiveness with which Trump publicly and privately lobbied the Justice Department to overturn election results, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
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Driving the news: In a December 27 phone call with then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy Richard Donoghue, Trump raised allegations of fraud the department had previously dismissed. Rosen told the then president that the DOJ cannot change the outcome of the election.
Trump also suggested he would receive support from some Republican members of Congress. He had referred to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) And Reps Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.) At other points in the phone call.
Rosen and Donoghue told Trump that they were doing their job, looked into the allegations and that “[m]a lot of the information you get is false. “
Trump also demanded that the Justice Department “find out what to do” with Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son, saying he should be “investigated for real,” according to the notes.
The big picture: The Democratic-led House Oversight Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee are both investigating efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election results based on conspiracy theories of voter fraud.
Donoghue’s notes were turned over to Congress as part of the investigation.
The Fulton County prosecutor is also investigating Trump’s efforts to pressure Georgia election officials to reverse his loss to Biden in the state.
What they say : “These handwritten notes show that President Trump has directly called on our country’s main law enforcement agency to take action to overturn a free and fair election in the final days of his presidency,” said the President of the United Nations. House oversight Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) in a statement. .
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