This exchange appeared to put incumbent Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen on a defensive mode, recording events in writing for posterity and the very types of investigations that congressional committees are currently conducting.
“Yes,” Rosen replied. “After this message, I was asked to meet the FBI with Brad Johnson, and I replied that Brad Johnson could call or enter the FBI field office in Washington with any evidence he claims to have.”
Rosen goes on to say that Johnson was collaborating with Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani. The Acting Attorney General seems to be happy about his refusal to engage with Giuliani.
“During a follow-up call, I learned that Johnson was working with Rudy Giuliani, who viewed my comments as ‘an insult.’ When asked if I would reconsider my decision, I categorically declined, j I said I would not give Giuliani or any of his “witnesses” special treatment, and I reaffirmed once again that I will not speak to Giuliani about anything, “Rosen wrote.
In another email, Meadows asked Rosen to ask Acting Civilian Division Chief Jeffrey Clark to “immediately” review the “allegations of signature match anomalies” in Fulton County, Georgia.
“Can you believe this? I will not reply to the message below, ”Rosen wrote to Donoghue.
Donoghue replied, “At least it’s better than the last one, but it doesn’t say much. ”
Recently released emails also reveal that an attorney urging the Justice Department to file a Supreme Court complaint to overturn election results, Kurt Olsen, drove from Maryland to Washington, DC, in a bid to meet with Rosen on the matter, but was apparently pushed back.
“The President of the United States saw this complaint and he asked me last night to inform AG Rosen in person today to discuss this action,” Olsen wrote to John Moran, chief of staff at Donoghue, on December 29.
Moran said he told Olsen Rosen was linked to White House meetings, but Olsen later said he was traveling to Washington to see Rosen without a scheduled appointment.
“Mr. Olsen just called me to tell me (a) he just tried to call you back and (b) he’s in the car going to DC (from Maryland) hoping to meet you at Main Justice later today, ”Moran wrote.
Some of the emails also appear to hint at an effort Trump envisioned in late December and early January to remove senior management from the Justice Department and install Clark, whom some Trump allies perceived to be more willing to take legal action to. support Trump’s efforts to challenge the election results.
“I have limited visibility on this, but it seems Rosen and the cause of justice won,” Donghue aide Patrick Hovakimian wrote on Jan. 3.
“Incredible,” replied National Security Division chief John Demers.
“Always at WH. But that’s right, ”the head of the Legal Counsel’s Office, Steven Engel, replied that evening.
Trump reportedly abandoned plans to replace Rosen after nearly every senior Justice Department threatened to resign, which would have overshadowed Trump’s election fraud allegations.
House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) said the posts illustrated Trump’s attempts to exert undue influence over the Justice Department.
“These documents show that President Trump attempted to bribe our nation’s main law enforcement agency in a brazen attempt to overturn an election he lost,” Maloney said. “Those who aided or witnessed President Trump’s illegal actions must answer the Committee’s questions about this attempt to subvert democracy. “
Some of the emails in which Meadows urged the Justice Department to investigate various fraud theories were reported last week by The New York Times after the messages were obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The emails released by the House panel on Tuesday were first reported by The Wall Street Journal.