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Donald Trump has come out swinging after a report said that he attempted to influence the Department of Justice to undermine the 2020 presidential election.
The 45th President of the United States sent an email to supporters in which he said that he was attempting to protect the integrity of the election.
“The corrupt and highly partisan House Democrats who run the House Oversight Committee yesterday released documents—including court filings dealing with the rigged election of 2020—that they dishonestly described as attempting to overturn the election,” the email he sent on Saturday said.
“In fact, it is just the opposite,” it said. “The documents were meant to uphold the integrity and honesty of elections and the sanctity of our vote.”
“The American People want, and demand, that the President of the United States, its chief law enforcement officer in the country, stand with them to fight for Election Integrity and to investigate attempts to undermine our nation. Our country has just suffered an incredibly corrupt Presidential Election, and it is time for Congress and others to investigate how such corruption was allowed to take place rather than investigating those that are exposing this massive fraud on the American People,” the email said.
His email was sent less than 24 hours after reports that former acting AG Richard Donoghue took handwritten notes that indicated Trump was pressuring the Department of Justice to say that the 2020 election was corrupt.
“Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me,” he said in his notes as a summary of what he said Trump’s instructions to DOJ officials were.
“Should be able to check on that quickly, but understand that the DOJ can’t and won’t snap it’s fingers and change the outcome of the election, doesn’t work that way,” he said in his notes, a reference to Trump’s belief that more votes were cast in Pennsylvania than there are voters.
Democrats and the media immediately came out saying that Trump was looking to undermine the election and using the Department of Justice to help him.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney said in a press release that the notes show that Trump wanted to use the Department of Justice to overturn a “free and fair election.”
“These handwritten notes show that President Trump directly instructed our nation’s top law enforcement agency to take steps to overturn a free and fair election in the final days of his presidency,” Maloney said. “The Committee has begun scheduling interviews with key witnesses to investigate the full extent of the former President’s corruption, and I will exercise every tool at my disposal to ensure all witness testimony is secured without delay.”
The notes include the following exchange, attributable to former President Trump (“P”) and Mr. Rosen, who was Deputy Attorney General (“DAG”) prior to his appointment as Acting Attorney General a few days before the call:
“- DAG … ‘understand that the DOJ can’t + won’t snap its fingers + change the outcome of the election, doesn’t work that way.’”
“ – P: ‘Don’t expect you to do that, just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen.’”
The notes also claim that Trump made the following statements.
“‘We have an obligation to tell people that this was an illegal, corrupt election.’”
“People tell me Jeff Clark is great, I should put him in. People want me to replace DOJ leadership.”
“People are angry – blaming DOJ + for inaction”
“DOJ failing to respond to legitimate complaints / report of crimes”
“‘You guys may not be following the internet the way I do’”
“P – this is electioneering fraud.”
If true, it appears that those notes show that Trump, like many of his supporters, believe that the election was unfair and having a belief, whether that belief is true or false, is not a crime.