THE Donald Trump He pressured top Justice Department officials last December, when he was still president of the United States, asking them to reverse his election defeat and threatening to fire them if they did not comply with his wishes, according to documents released by congressional researchers.
The handwritten notes were written by the then Richard Donahue, who at that time was acting Deputy Minister of Justice, and were made public by the head of the Oversight and Reform Committee of the House of Representatives. They give an aggravating picture of Trump in his desperate attempt to force the ministry to take the unprecedented step of intervening in the 2020 presidential election.
The fact that the Justice Department allowed the handwritten notes to be given to Congress is a dramatic change from the previous administration, which has repeatedly invoked the “privileges” of the executive to circumvent congressional control.
The notes describe a telephone conversation on December 27 with Jeffrey Rosen, who had been appointed Minister of Justice a few days earlier. «Understand that the Minister of Justice cannot, will not tap his fingers, to change the result of the elections “ Rosen reportedly said. “I do not expect you to do that. Just say the election was rigged. “Leave the rest to me and the Republican senators,” Trump said.
The Justice Department’s shift in attitude makes it easier for the Commission to call key witnesses and gather evidence against Trump as part of its investigation.
Earlier this week the ministry decided that “ldue to overriding legislative interestsGives permission to six former Trump administration officials to testify. Among them are Rosen and Donahue, as well as former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who resigned amid pressure from Trump. Former Undersecretary of Justice Patrick Hovakimian and former Assistant Secretary of Justice Jeffrey Clark will also be summoned. The latter is at the center of another investigation by the inspector general of the Ministry of Justice on the occasion of the information that he “conspired” with Trump in a failed attempt to oust Rosen so that he could order an investigation into electoral fraud in Georgia.
In a December 27 phone call with Rosen, Trump threatened to put Clark in charge, saying: “People tell me Jeff Clark is great, I should appoint him. “People want me to replace the leadership of the Ministry of Justice.”
Throughout the phone call, Trump repeated the false claim that he had been robbed of his election victory. «You may not be watching the Internet like I do », he said.
Rosen and Donahue repeatedly tried to tell the former president that his information was wrong. «We do our job. Much of the information you get is false. “, they said, according to the handwritten notes.