The House Oversight on Committee and Reform published more than 200 pages of documents on Tuesday morning showing that former President Donald Trump and his White House inner circle put enormous pressure on the Department of Justice to investigate their bogus conspiracy theories and overturn the 2020 election in order to keep Trump in power.
The release came mere hours before the Committee is scheduled to hold its second hearing on the events leading up to the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol that was ringmastered by Trump.
“Documents obtained by the Committee in response to this letter show that in December 2020 and early January 2021, President Trump, his Chief of Staff, and outside allies repeatedly put pressure on senior DOJ officials to challenge the results of the presidential election and advance unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, with the apparent goal of keeping President Trump in power despite losing the 2020 election,” the Committee said in a press release.
“These documents show that President Trump tried to corrupt our nation’s chief law enforcement agency in a brazen attempt to overturn an election that he lost. Those who aided or witnessed President Trump’s unlawful actions must answer the Committee’s questions about this attempted subversion of democracy. My Committee is committed to ensuring that the events leading to the violent January 6 insurrection are fully investigated,” Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said.
The Committee found compelling evidence that the following occurred:
President Trump Sent Bogus Election Fraud Claims to Top DOJ Officials Minutes Before Announcing Their Promotions to the Top Two Spots in the Department
President Trump Used Official White House Channels and a Private Attorney to Pressure DOJ to Urgently File a Supreme Court Lawsuit to Nullify the Election
President Trump Enlisted Assistant AG Jeffrey Clark in an Attempt to Advance Election Fraud Claims
The White House Chief of Staff Pressured DOJ to Investigate Conspiracy Theories At Least Fives Times
The Committee has also requested that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark, former Associate Deputy Attorney General Patrick Hovakimian, and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Byung Jin Pak “appear for a transcribed interview regarding any efforts by President Trump and others to advance unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud or seek to overturn the 2020 election.”
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