The emails show how Trump’s White House aide, chief of staff and other allies pressured the Justice Department to investigate allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election – and how Trump asked his allies to push Rosen to join the legal effort to challenge the election result, according to a series of emails released Tuesday by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee.
The documents also provide a window into how Rosen handled political pressure from the White House.
Trump’s campaign to put pressure on the Justice Department was taking place as he replaced Attorney General William Barr – who had publicly stated that there was no evidence of widespread election fraud – by Rosen, according to emails .
At 4:57 p.m. on December 14, Trump’s aide sent Rosen and DOJ official Richard Donoghue a document purporting to show electoral fraud in County Antrim, Michigan. An aide to Donoghue forwarded the document to US prosecutors in the eastern and western districts of Michigan. Less than an hour later, Trump tweeted that Barr would be leaving the Justice Department just before Christmas, elevating both Rosen and Donoghue to the top spots in the DOJ.
Amid the pressure, Rosen said he refused to speak to Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani about his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
When Meadows asked Rosen to set up an FBI meeting with an ally of Giuliani by pushing a conspiracy theory that Italy was using military technology and satellites to change votes into Joe Biden, Rosen said he would not help Giuliani.
“I categorically refused, I said that I would not give any special treatment to Giuliani or any of his ‘witnesses’, and I reaffirmed once again that I will not speak to Giuliani about any of this. Rosen wrote to Donoghue.
The new emails provide further details to reports earlier this month from CNN, The New York Times and others on Meadows’ emails to Rosen after the election, which revealed how the chief aide to the White House had urged the Justice Department to take action to benefit Trump. The emails included a list of complaints about voting procedures in New Mexico, alleged “anomalies” in a county in Georgia, and allegations about Italian satellites.
House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York, sent letters to Meadows, Donoghue, Clark and other Department of Justice officials on Tuesday asking for their testimony before the committee. Last month, the committee requested an interview with Rosen. In a statement, Maloney said the emails showed that “President Trump attempted to bribe our country’s main law enforcement agency in a brazen attempt to overturn an election he lost.”
The emails also show how Trump directed his allies to Rosen, who was appointed acting attorney general after Barr resigned in December 2020 after Barr publicly said there had been no widespread fraud during elections.
Kurt Olsen, a private attorney, contacted John Moran at the Department of Justice on December 29 to request a meeting with Rosen, promising that he could meet him at the Department of Justice on one hour’s notice. He attached a draft lawsuit modeled on the Texas Supreme Court lawsuit unsuccessfully challenging election results in four states, and wrote in a follow-up email that Trump had asked him to meet with Rosen to discuss the states -Unis bringing a similar action.
“The President of the United States saw this complaint and asked me last night to notify AG Rosen in person today to discuss this action,” Olsen wrote. “I was instructed to report to the President this afternoon after the meeting. “
On the same day, Trump’s White House aide also forwarded the draft complaint to Rosen and Donoghue for review, saying it had also been shared with Meadows and White House attorney Pat Cipollone.
By the end of the year, it was clear Rosen and Donoghue had had enough of the White House lobbying campaign.
The emails show how Meadows pushed the Justice Department to investigate fraud allegations made by Trump allies like Cleta Mitchell, the lawyer who aided Trump in his Jan. 2 appeal when he made pressure on Georgian officials to “find” votes for him.
In a Jan. 1 email, Meadows said there were “allegations of signature match anomalies” in Fulton County, Ga., Asking Rosen that a Justice Department official ” immediately commits to this issue to determine if there is any truth to this allegation ”.
Rosen forwarded the email to Donoghue later that day, saying, “Can you believe it? I will not respond to the message below. ”
“At least it’s better than the last one, but that doesn’t mean much,” Donoghue replied.
When Meadows sent Rosen a YouTube video link on Italian satellites, Rosen forwarded it to Donoghue, who replied, “Pure madness.”
In another exchange, Donoghue told Steve Engel of the Justice Department’s legal counsel’s office that he wanted to meet with him “about some antics that could possibly end up on your radar,” noting that there was at minus some concern that the legal adviser’s office will have to weigh over potential problems.
The new emails released by the committee include correspondence with Clark, a Justice Department attorney who tried to convince Trump to impeach Rosen and use the DOJ to overturn the Georgia election results, which the New York Times reported in January. In the January 1 email, Meadows asked Rosen to ask Clark to review the alleged signing issues in Georgia, ahead of a January 3 meeting in which Trump heard directly from Clark and Rosen before finally choose not to remove Rosen.
The new emails released by the committee include correspondence with Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department attorney who tried to convince Trump to impeach Rosen and use the department to overturn election results in Georgia, the New York reported. Times in January.
In what appears to be the day after a January 3 meeting between Trump, Clark, Rosen, and others, then Justice Department official Patrick Hovakimian wrote: “Looks like Rosen and the cause of justice have won. ”
“Incredible,” responded John Demers, the head of the National Security Division, who is leaving the Department of Justice at the end of the month.
CNN’s Katelyn Polantz contributed to this report.