New details of Trump’s pressure on Justice Department in election
But, drawing in particular on interviews with Mr. Rosen and Mr. Donoghue, both present at the Oval Office meeting on January 3, it highlights new details that underscore the intensity and relentlessness with which Mr. Trump pursued his election goal, and the role that key government officials played in his efforts.
The report fleshed out the role of Jeffrey Clark, a little-known Justice Department official who participated in several conversations with Mr. Trump about how to overturn the election and who prompted his superiors to send Georgian officials a letter claiming to wrongly that the Justice Department had identified “significant concerns that could have had an impact on the outcome of the election.” Mr. Trump was weighing whether to replace Mr. Rosen with Mr. Clark. Of particular note is a confrontation on January 2 in which Mr Clark appeared to both threaten and coerce Mr Rosen to send the letter. He first raised the possibility that Mr. Trump could fire Mr. Rosen, and then said he would decline any offer to replace Mr. Rosen as acting attorney general if Mr. Rosen sent the letter. Mr Clark also revealed during that meeting that he had secretly interviewed a witness in Georgia in connection with allegations of electoral fraud that had already been refuted.
The report raised new questions about the role Rep. Scott Perry, Republican of Pennsylvania, played in the White House’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to help overturn the election. Mr. Perry called Mr. Donoghue to pressure him to investigate debunked allegations of electoral fraud that had been made in Pennsylvania, according to the report, and he complained to Mr. Donoghue that the Department of Justice was not doing enough to investigate such allegations. Mr Clark, according to the report, also told officials he participated in White House efforts at Mr Perry’s request and that lawmakers took him to a meeting in the Oval Office to discuss the fraud electoral. This meeting took place around the same time Mr. Perry and members of the Conservative House Freedom Caucus met at the White House to discuss the certification of election results on January 6.
The report confirmed that Mr. Trump was the reason Mr. Pak hurriedly quit his post as U.S. lawyer in Atlanta, an area Mr. Trump has falsely told people he won. Mr. Trump told senior Justice Department officials that Mr. Pak was never deceptive, and he blamed Mr. Pak for the FBI’s failure to find evidence of mass electoral fraud in it. During the Jan. 3 brawl in the Oval Office, Mr. Donoghue and others tried to convince Mr. Trump not to fire Mr. Pak because he planned to step down in a few days. But Mr. Trump made it clear to officials that Mr. Pak was due to leave the next day, leading to Mr. Donoghue phoning him that evening and telling him he would have to step down as a preventive measure. Mr. Trump has also stepped out of the normal line of succession to push a perceived loyalist, Bobby L. Christine, to lead the Atlanta office. Mr. Christine had been a US attorney in Savannah and had donated to Mr. Trump’s campaign.
The report is not the Senate Judiciary Committee’s final word on the lobbying campaign that was waged between Dec. 14, when Attorney General William P. Barr announced his resignation, and Jan. 6, when crowds supporters of Mr. Trump fought to block the certification of the election.
The panel is still waiting for the National Archives to provide documents, calendar appointments and communications involving the White House regarding efforts to overturn the election. He asked the National Archives, which hold correspondence and documents generated by previous presidential administrations, to archive them this spring.
He is also waiting to see if Mr. Clark will be interviewed and help provide missing details about what was going on inside the White House in the last few weeks of the Trump administration. Additionally, the committee asked the Washington DC Bar Association to initiate a disciplinary investigation against Mr. Clark based on its findings.
The report recommended that the Justice Department tighten up procedures regarding when it can take certain overt steps in the investigation of election-related fraud. As attorney general, according to the report, Barr has weakened the ministry’s strict policy for decades of only taking investigative action in fraud cases after an election has been certified, a step intended to prevent the fact that a federal investigation has an impact on the outcome of the elections.
Trump’s attempt to overturn the election
The Senate committee found that Barr had personally asked the department to investigate the allegations of voter fraud, even though other authorities had looked into them and found no evidence of wrongdoing. These allegations included a claim by Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer and a main force behind the baseless electoral fraud allegations, that he had a tape that showed Democratic polling officers beating their Republican counterparts from an office. vote and fraudulently adding votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr. to the account.
Mr Pak said Mr Barr asked him to review this claim and ordered the FBI to question a witness about it, even though Georgia’s secretary of state found the recording to be without merit.
On December 1, just two weeks before he said he would step down, Mr Barr said the Justice Department had found no evidence of electoral fraud widespread enough to change the fact that Mr Biden won the election. presidency.