Emails from the Justice Department and White House officials show how former President Donald Trump and his associates tried to pressure then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to challenge the 2020 presidential election.
Emails released by the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee detail President Trump’s team’s desire for the Justice Department to investigate false claims of voter fraud.
After President Joe Biden defeated President Trump, he began to spew baseless claims that the election was stolen from him.
President Trump’s assistant emailed a document to Rosen and Department of Justice official Richard Donoghue that showed alleged voter fraud in Antrim Country, Michigan. Donoghue’s aide forwarded the information to the US Attorney’s for the Eastern and Western Districts in Michigan. President Trump immediately elevated Rosen and Donoghue to top DOJ positions after announcing on Twitter that Attorney General William Barr would be leaving.
Rosen was named attorney general after Barr resigned in December 2020.
Rosen says that he refused to speak to President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani about the voter fraud claims when then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reached out to him to set up a meeting.
“I flatly refused, said I would not be giving any special treatment to Giuliani or any of his ‘witnesses,’ and re-affirmed yet again that I will not talk to Giuliani about any of this,” Rosen wrote to Donoghue.
Meadow’s emails included complaints about the voting process in New Mexico, anomalies in Georgia, and claims that Italy was using military technology and satellites to change votes.
House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney wants Meadows, Donoghue, Jeffrey Clark, and other Justice Department officials to testify before the committee.
Meadow appeared on CNN on Tuesday and was asked if the emails about voter fraud he sent to Rosen were appropriate.
“I’ll let you answer that,” Meadows said. “Obviously, I’m not going to comment on anything that may or may not have happened.”
The emails provide more details to stories reported earlier this year by CNN and other news outlets about Meadows pushing the DOJ to investigate baseless election fraud claims.