What Say Congressional Republicans RE: Report Trump Pressured DOJ Official to ‘Overturn the Election’?
Washington, D.C. — The Senate Judiciary Committee revealed their sweeping report detailing the twice-impeached former president’s frustration that a top lawyer in the Department of Justice (DOJ) refused to “overturn the election.” In response, government watchdog Accountable.US called on lawmakers in Congress to immediately condemn former president Trump’s egregious coup attempt.
“As evidence emerges that the twice-impeached former president abused his power to pressure government officials to negate the will of the people, the silence from Trump’s allies in Congress and the corporate interests that support them speaks volumes,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Where are the condemnations of this blatant coup attempt from Republicans in Congress? The public deserves to hear, especially from all those in Congress that helped incite the deadly insurrection on January 6th by working to undermine the election results based on the Big Lie. After all, they contributed more than their fair share to the damage done to our democracy.”
KEY DETAILS FROM THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE’S REPORT:
- Then-President Donald Trump Asked The U.S. Department Of Justice “To Petition The Supreme Court To Overturn The Election Results.” “While Clark was encouraging Rosen and Donoghue to pursue his ‘proof of concept’ in Georgia and elsewhere, Trump and his allies were simultaneously urging DOJ to take Trump’s false claims of a stolen election directly to the Supreme Court. […] In short, Trump asked DOJ to petition the Supreme Court to overturn the election results.” [Senate Judiciary Committee, “Subverting Justice, How The Former President and His Allies Pressured DOJ to Overturn The 2020 Election” accessed 10/7/21]
- Trump’s Actions Were A “‘Back-Up Plan'” To Retain The Presidency “By Any Means Necessary”—Which The Committee Found Was An Attempt To Create A “Disinformation Ecosystem” That Was “Necessary For Trump To Incite Almost 1,000 Americans To Breach The Capitol. “The Committee’s investigation to date underscores how Trump’s efforts to use DOJ as a means to overturn the election results was part of his interrelated efforts to retain the presidency by any means necessary. As has been well-documented by other sources, Trump’s efforts to lay the foundation of the ‘Big Lie’ preceded the general election by several months; […] This ‘back-up plan,’ as it were, culminated on January 4—one day after Clark’s final attempt to wrest control of DOJ from Rosen, and again in the Oval 6 Office—when Trump and outside attorney John Eastman attempted to convince Pence that he could circumvent the certification through a procedural loophole in the Electoral Count Act. All of these efforts, in turn, created the disinformation ecosystem necessary for Trump to incite almost 1,000 Americans to breach the Capitol in a violent attempt to subvert democracy by stopping the certification of a free and fair election.” [Senate Judiciary Committee, “Subverting Justice, How The Former President and His Allies Pressured DOJ to Overturn The 2020 Election” accessed 10/7/21]
- Allies Of President Trump Who Were Affiliated With The “’Stop The Steal’ Movement” Led A “Pressure Campaign” Against The Justice Department. “Trump allies with links to the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement and the January 6 insurrection participated in the pressure campaign against DOJ. In addition to Trump White House officials, including the President himself, outside Trump allies with ties to the ‘Stop the Steal’ movement and the January 6 insurrection also pressured DOJ to help overturn the election results.” [Senate Judiciary Committee, “Subverting Justice, How The Former President and His Allies Pressured DOJ to Overturn The 2020 Election” accessed 10/7/21]
- President Trump Repeatedly Asked The Department Of Justice To Endorse His Claims About Election Fraud And Publicly Call The Election “‘Corrupt.'”“President Trump repeatedly asked DOJ leadership to endorse his false claims that the election was stolen and to assist his efforts to overturn the election results. Beginning on the day former Attorney General William Barr announced his resignation and continuing almost until the January 6 insurrection, Trump directly and repeatedly asked DOJ’s acting leadership to initiate investigations, file lawsuits on his behalf, and publicly declare the 2020 election ‘corrupt.’ Documents and testimony confirm that Rosen, and in some cases other senior DOJ leaders, participated in several calls and meetings where Trump directly raised discredited claims of election fraud and asked why DOJ was not doing more to address them. [Senate Judiciary Committee, “Subverting Justice, How The Former President and His Allies Pressured DOJ to Overturn The 2020 Election” accessed 10/7/21]
The report also discovered that Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano — a key legislator Accountable.US has documented pushing the Big Lie — used campaign funds to send attendees to the deadly January 6 insurrection.
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