‘Just say that the election was corrupt’: Handwritten notes show Trump pushed DOJ to back voter fraud claims

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  • The disclosures present perception into how Trump tried to make use of the nation’s high legislation enforcement company to again fraud claims
  • Former Appearing Legal professional Basic Jeff Rosen pushed again, telling Trump the Justice Division has discovered no proof of widespread fraud.

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump urged the Justice Division to say publicly that “the election was corrupt” at the same time as its high officers tried unsuccessfully to persuade him that claims of widespread voter fraud have been false, in response to newly launched paperwork about conversations between the previous president and the company’s management. 

“Simply say that the election was corrupt + depart the remaining to me and the R. Congressmen,'” Trump mentioned in a December cellphone name with former Appearing Legal professional Basic Jeff Rosen, in response to handwritten notes of the dialog.

The disclosures present extra perception into how Trump tried to make use of the nation’s high legislation enforcement company to again claims that the final election had been stolen from him though the Justice Division had discovered no proof of widespread fraud that will’ve modified the outcomes. The notes, written by Rosen’s deputy, have been launched Friday by the Home Oversight and Reform Committee, which is investigating efforts by Trump to overturn President Joe Biden’s win.

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Through the cellphone name on Dec. 27, Trump urged Rosen to take motion, saying “individuals are indignant” and blaming the Justice Division for failing to answer respectable claims of voter fraud. 

“You guys will not be following the web the best way I do,” Trump mentioned, in response to notes by former Appearing Deputy Legal professional Basic Richard Donoghue.

Rosen pushed again, telling Trump the division has performed “dozens” of investigations and “a whole lot of interviews,” however has discovered no proof to help the claims. 

“We’re doing our job. A lot of the data you are getting is fake,” Rosen mentioned.

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In the identical cellphone name, Trump dangled the potential of changing Rosen with Jeff Clark, the previous head of the Justice Division’s Civil Division who’s sympathetic to his voter fraud claims. 

“Folks inform me Jeff Clark is nice, I ought to put him in,” Trump mentioned. “Folks need me to interchange D.O.J. management.”

Rosen, Donoghue and Clark have been amongst former Trump administration officers who can be known as to testify earlier than Congress as a part of lawmakers’ investigation into whether or not Trump tried to make use of the Justice Division to subvert the election ends in the weeks main as much as Jan. 6. A mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol that day, disrupting a congressional session to certify election outcomes. 

Earlier this week, the Justice Division notified the witnesses it won’t assert government privilege, which might permit them to offer “unrestricted testimony” to congressional committees about their conversations with the previous president.

“These handwritten notes present that President Trump straight instructed our nation’s high legislation enforcement company to take steps to overturn a free and honest election within the remaining days of his presidency,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chair of the Home Oversight Committee, mentioned.  “The Committee has begun scheduling interviews with key witnesses to analyze the complete extent of the previous President’s corruption, and I’ll train each instrument at my disposal to make sure all witness testimony is secured immediately.”

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A spokeswoman for Trump didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-In poor health., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, informed reporters Friday he would search Rosen’s notes from his conversations with Trump. The committee is conducting a parallel investigation into Trump’s actions.

Contributing: Bart Jansen

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