Donald Trump might be more than a little nervous today after learning that his former acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, spent seven hours with investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday testifying about Trump’s desperate efforts to have the Justice Department overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
Rosen’s appearance follows a two-hour, closed-door meeting with the committee on Friday. He has emerged as a key witness in multiple investigations as Congress attempts recreate the full picture of Trump’s scramble to use all levers of government to hold onto his job.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) attended the somewhat rare Saturday session. He said he was “struck by how close the country came to total catastrophe” and called Rosen’s account “dramatic evidence of how intent Trump was in overthrowing the election.” Blumenthal said information that was presented to the committee on Saturday hasn’t been publicly revealed before.
“Yeah, there were some very relevant and important facts,” Blumenthal said. “And equally important some good leads about where the investigation can go. Of course, the chairman is the one to decide, but there were some highly significant leads that unquestionably the Judiciary Committee should pursue.”
On Friday Rosen told Congressional investigators that he learned that Jeffrey Clarke, who at the time was acting head of the Justice Department’s civil division, held unauthorized meetings with Trump to discuss the ways the Justice Department could help invalidate the results of the presidential vote.
In one case Clarke had drafted a letter that he asked Rosen to send to Georgia state legislators, wrongly asserting that they should void Joe Biden’s victory because the Justice Department was investigating accusations of voter fraud in the state. Such a letter would effectively undermine efforts by Clark’s colleagues to prevent the White House from overturning the election results. Rosen and his top deputy, Richard P. Donoghue, rejected the proposal.