[WATCH] ‘Looks Like Trump Really Did Attempt a Coup’
Back in the final days of his only term, Donald Trump didn’t exactly make a secret of his effort to overturn the election he’d just lost. But in addition to the lies he was spreading all along, we continue to learn new and disturbing details about his obstinate and damaging efforts to poison the system from within, which included an “Apprentice”-style showdown between two top Justice Department officials at the White House and threats of resignation.
New bombshells about just what went on in the White House between the November election and Joe Biden’s inauguration continue to emerge. In the last week alone, we have learned that Trump pressured acting DOJ officials like acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen on December 27 to “Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen,” according to the notes of acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue’s notes, shared with House investigators. A day later, on December 28th, at least one acting DOJ official, Jeffrey Clark, who was in charge of the civil division, apparently bought into Trump’s lies, or wanted to assuage him, and drafted a letter suggesting there were election irregularities in the election (there weren’t), but it was rebuffed by other top acting officials. Officials like Rosen’s chief of staff Patrick Hovakimian drafted letters of resignation in case his boss was pushed out in favor of Clark.
Trump’s pressure on Rosen and Donoghue came exactly one day after the final resignation of former Attorney General William Barr, who left the administration in its final month, not long after he’d told a reporter that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the election.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) August 10, 2021
The strain of Trump’s efforts to undermine the election was not isolated to the Justice Department. Earlier this year we learned that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mark Milley, was actively engaged in countering any effort by Trump to use the government to seize power.
If Garland doesn’t at least meaningfully investigate criminality around the Trump-Clark coup attempt – and there’s no sign he is – then we’ll be left with public reporting, Congressional findings, an IG report, and no consequences remotely sufficient for a coup attempt.
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) August 9, 2021
MSNBC Legal Analyst Neal Katyal joined Brian Williams on “The 11th Hour” Monday night to discuss what he called Trump’s “cray cray” plot to steal the 2020 Presidential election. Watch the panel discussion, during which Katyal describes the effort as a “coup”, below.