Trump urged US justice officials to declare election ‘corrupt’ – .

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Trump urged US justice officials to declare election ‘corrupt’ – .


WASHINGTON – Then-US President Donald Asset urged senior Justice Ministry officials to declare the 2020 election results “corrupt” in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the conversation participants.

The December 27 appeal notes, released by the House Oversight Committee on Friday, highlight the length with which Asset went to try to reverse the election results and gain the support of law enforcement officials and other government leaders in this effort. Emails released last month show that Asset and his allies in the last few weeks of his presidency have pressured the Justice Department to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud in 2020, and the ministry’s inspector general is investigating whether those responsible of the ministry attempted to corrupt the results.

“Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and members of Congress R.” Asset at one point told then Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, according to notes made by Richard Donoghue, a senior Justice Department official who was on the call.

The pressure is all the more noticeable that a few weeks earlier, AssetWilliam Barr’s own attorney general said the department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have nullified the results.

The Dec. 27 appeal came just days after Barr resigned, leaving Rosen in charge of the department during the administration’s turbulent final weeks which also included the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol during from which of the pro-Asset loyalists stormed the building as Congress certified the election results.

“These handwritten notes show that the president Asset Directly tasked our nation’s top law enforcement agency with taking action to overturn a free and fair election in the dying days of his presidency, ”said committee chair Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York , in a press release.

She said the committee had started scheduling interviews with witnesses. Earlier this week, the Justice Department allowed six witnesses to appear before the panel, citing public interest in the “extraordinary events” of recent weeks.

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