Emails obtained by Congress show Trump and his team urged prosecutors to act on election fraud claims and conspiracy theories.
Records obtained by the US Department of Justice detail efforts by then-President Donald Trump, his chief of staff and other allies to pressure the section to challenge that the 2020 presidential election outcomes, a US House panel said on Tuesday.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee, which sought the documents in the Justice Department, summarized a series of overtures from Trump, his former chief of staff Mark Meadows along with also an external private attorney pushing the department to act on the former Democratic president’s false election claims.
For weeks after the November election Trump and those speaking for him falsely asserted that his loss was due to widespread voter fraud across the United States. His campaign and other supporters filed dozens of lawsuits in courts challenging the results – all were dismissed or defeated, and no fraud was found. Trump continues to claim the election was “rigged”.
In one email obtained by the committee, dated December 14, 2020 – the day the US Electoral College met across the US to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory – “President Trump’s White House assistant sent an email with the subject ‘From POTUS’ to then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen,” the committee said in a press release.
“The email attached materials about alleged voter fraud in Antrim County, Michigan, including ‘talking points’ that asserted ‘a Cover-up is Happening regarding the voting machines in Michigan,’ and, ‘Michigan cannot certify for Biden,’” the committee continued.