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[BREAKING] House Oversight Releases Notes Revealing Trump Asked DOJ to Declare 2020 Election ‘Corrupt’

[BREAKING] House Oversight Releases Notes Revealing Trump Asked DOJ to Declare 2020 Election ‘Corrupt’

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“Just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican Congressmen.”

That’s the key pull quote from a newly released sheaf of notes taken to during a December 27th phone call between Donald Trump and his outgoing Department of Justice. The dialogue reveals just how Donald Trump pressured top then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and his second-in-command, Richard Donoghue, who took down the notes, as part of an effort to reverse Joe Biden’s win.

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Donoghue dutifully memorialized the conversation in his handwritten notes, which the House Oversight Committee made public on Friday. The Committee is investigating Trump’s efforts to push false claims about the election in a bid to overturn the results and remain in office.

In response to Rosen saying the Justice Department “can’t” and “won’t snap its fingers” to change the outcome of an election, Trump is quoted in the notes as saying: “Don’t expect you to do that, just say that the election was corrupt” and “leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen.” Trump added: “We have an obligation to tell people that this was an illegal, corrupt election,” according to Donoghue’s notes.

Though Donoghue doesn’t name lawmakers referenced in that comment, at other times in the conversation, he notes Trump referring to Reps. Jim Jordan, (Q-OH) and Scott Perry (Q-PA), as well as Sen. Ron Johnson, (Q-Moscow). Throughout the conversation, which took place less than two weeks before the January 6th riot at the Capitol, Trump said the Justice Department was “failing” in its role, that “people are angry” and “blaming” it “for inaction,” according to Donoghue’s notes.


Rosen and Donoghue said repeatedly on the call that the allegations of voter fraud were false. They told Trump “flat out” he was getting false information or the claims were “just not supported by the evidence.” In response, Trump said, “You guys may not be following the internet the way I do,” according to the notes.

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Last month, the House Oversight Committee released emails provided to it by the Justice Department detailing Trump’s repeated efforts to reverse his loss. Those emails showed then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows emailing Rosen a translated document from a person in Italy who claimed without evidence that he had “direct knowledge” of a plot that involved Italians changing the election results and then loading them into “military satellites.” Meadows emailed department leaders on New Year’s Day 2021 about the Italy conspiracy claim and complaints in Georgia and New Mexico, a state Trump lost by more than 10 points.

“Pure insanity,” Donoghue wrote to Rosen of the effort.

[This is a breaking and developing story, please check back for updates]

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