The House Oversight Committee obtained handwritten notes from former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue on Friday, which appear to demonstrate that former President Trump tried to pressure the Justice Department to declare there was substantial fraud tainting the 2020 presidential election.
The notes are from a phone discussion between Trump and then-Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen on December 27, 2020.
According to the notes, Rosen added, “Understand that the DOJ can’t + won’t snap its fingers + affect the outcome of the election, doesn’t work that way.”
The notes show Rosen and Donoghue attempting to persuade Trump that his accusations of voting fraud were untrue at another point in the discussion.
According to the notes, Donoghue informed Trump, “Sir, we have done dozens of investigations, hundreds of interviews, main claims are not supported by evid. produced.” “We are carrying out our duties. Much of the information you’re receiving is incorrect.”
Trump, on the other hand, would not be influenced.
“These handwritten notes indicate that in the closing days of his administration, President Trump directed our nation’s top law enforcement agency to take measures to reverse a free and fair election,” said House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney in a statement. “To examine the entire scope of the former President’s wrongdoing, the Committee has begun arranging interviews with important witnesses, and I will use every instrument at my disposal to ensure that all witness evidence is acquired without delay.”
The notes were made public only days after the Justice Department ruled that six former Trump Justice Department officials, including Rosen and Donoghue, are eligible to testify before Congress.