According to handwritten notes released Friday by a Justice Department official, former President Donald Trump attempted to pressure his Justice Department last year to declare the results of the 2020 presidential election corrupt.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the notes taken by former acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue during a Dec. 27 phone call between Trump and acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.
She said the notes indicate that Trump tried to “directly pressure” the two most senior Justice Department officials by threatening their jobs.
According to the notes, Rosen told Trump the Justice Department “won’t snap its fingers” and “change the outcome of the election.” Trump responded that he only expected the department to “say that the election was corrupt” and to “leave the rest to me and the [Republican] congressmen.”
“We have an obligation to tell people that this was an illegal, corrupt election,” Trump said, according to the notes.
Trump then threatened to replace Justice Department leadership, claiming that officials were not doing enough to combat voter fraud.
Donoghue stated that department officials informed Trump that dozens of investigations were being conducted, but that his “major allegations are not supported by [evidence] developed.”
“We are carrying out our responsibilities. Much of the information you’re receiving is incorrect “the notes stated.
Maloney stated that the oversight committee has scheduled interviews with “key witnesses” in order to conduct an investigation into Trump.
“These handwritten notes show that in the final days of his presidency, President Trump directly instructed our nation’s top law enforcement agency to take steps to overturn a free and fair election,” she said.
“I will use every tool at my disposal to ensure that all witness testimony is secured as soon as possible.”