In late December, former President Trump spoke to senior Justice Department officials about the 2020 presidential election and told them to “just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me. “as well as Republicans in Congress, according to notes taken by the then acting MP. Attorney General Richard Donoghue.
Donoghue’s notes, released Friday by the Democratic-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, detail a December 27, 2020 phone conversation with Mr. Trump, former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and Donoghue. The former president has repeatedly insisted the presidential election was rigged, but documented phone conversation suggests Rosen and Donoghue felt the president asked them to change the election results.
Here is the relevant section of Donoghue’s handwritten notes:
-DAG – we’ll see if there are more PA ballots than registered voters – should be able to verify this quickly, but understand the DOJ can’t and won’t snap their fingers and change the election result, don’t work like that.
-P: “Don’t expect you to do this, just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and members of Congress R ..”
The President also noted: “Time is running out.”
This exchange took place during a larger discussion on the election results and possible progress, detailed in eight pages of handwritten notes.
According to the notes, Rosen and Donoghue told the president, “We’re doing our job. A lot of the information you get is false. “They refuted his fraud claims, citing a report that claimed an ‘68% error rate – but in reality it was an error rate of 0.0063% – less than 1 in 15,000”.
In light of the note detailing the December phone conversation, House Oversight and Reform Chair Carolyn Maloney said her committee was seeking more interviews.
“These handwritten notes show that President Trump has directly called on our country’s principal law enforcement agency to take action to overturn a free and fair election in the final days of his presidency,” Maloney said in a statement. . “The Committee has started scheduling interviews with key witnesses to investigate the full extent of the former president’s corruption, and I will use all the tools at my disposal to ensure that all testimony is secured without delay. “
In a statement on Saturday, Mr Trump called House Democrats who head the House Oversight Committee “corrupt and highly partisan,” and said they “had released documents – including court documents dealing with rigged election of 2020 – which they dishonestly described as an attempt to overturn the election. “
“In fact, it’s quite the opposite,” Mr. Trump said in part. “The documents were intended to defend the integrity and honesty of the election and the sanctity of our vote. The American people want and demand that the President of the United States, their chief law enforcement officer in the country, joins him in fighting for electoral integrity and in investigating attempts to undermine our nation. ”
On the House Oversight Committee website, Maloney said the committee wrote to the Justice Department in May requesting documents related to “Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.” In June, he released 229 pages of Justice Department documents that he said show “the extent of President Trump and his allies’ inappropriate efforts to interfere with the 2020 election.”
The committee has previously requested transcribed interviews with Rosen, Donoghue, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former deputy attorney general Jeffrey Clark, and other Justice Department officials.
Maloney noted that the Justice Department had authorized officials to give “unrestricted testimony” to Congress because the committee has “compelling legislative interests” in understanding the “extraordinary events” surrounding President Trump’s conduct ” . She also said the Justice Department would not make any claims of privilege in the testimony of officials.
Despite the Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill by pro-Trump rioters shortly after Mr. Trump’s rally in Washington, the ex-president did not back down on his baseless claims that the election had been rigged or stolen. In June, he released a statement referring to the “2020 presidential election scam.”
“Whether it is voting machines, minors, deceased persons, illegal aliens, ballot papers, electoral fraud, postal ballots, delivery by post (or the lack thereof) !), PO boxes, people paid to vote, or whatever, the 2020 presidential election is, in my mind, the crime of the century, ”he said.