(NY Times) WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump pressed top Justice Department officials late last year to declare that the election was corrupt even though they had found no instances of widespread fraud, so that he and his allies in Congress could use the assertion to try to overturn the results, according to new documents provided to lawmakers and obtained by The New York Times.
The demands were an extraordinary instance of a president interfering with an agency that is typically more independent from the White House to advance his personal agenda. They are also the latest example of Mr. Trump’s wide-ranging campaign during his final weeks in office to delegitimize the election results.
The exchange unfolded during a phone call on Dec. 27 in which Mr. Trump pressed the acting attorney general at the time, Jeffrey A. Rosen, and his deputy, Richard P. Donoghue, on voter fraud claims that the department had disproved. Mr. Donoghue warned that the department had no power to change the outcome of the election. Mr. Trump replied that he did not expect that, according to notes Mr. Donoghue took memorializing the conversation.
“Just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me” and to congressional allies, Mr. Donoghue wrote in summarizing Mr. Trump’s response.
The views and claims expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of SelectSmart.com. Not every statement made here can be assumed to be a fact.
by HatetheSwamp on July 30, 2021 12:10 pm
There's no doubt that Trump handled this poorly but that doesn't alter the realities that have tens of millions of us convinced that the former 18 wheeler driver from Delaware stole the election.
by Curt Anderson on July 30, 2021 12:33 pm There are countless falsehoods on all sorts of topics that crackpots and the gullible believe. Just because some people--even when it's millions of them--believe something doesn't make it true.
The more intelligent of the not-so-intelligent who are inclined to believe a falsehood should realize that if there was any validity to Trump's claims he wouldn't have needed to resort to criminal efforts to subvert justice and as he said, "leave the rest to me."
by HatetheSwamp on July 30, 2021 12:44 pm
There are countless falsehoods on all sorts of topics that crackpots and the gullible believe. Just because some people--even when it's millions of them--believe something doesn't make it true.
Can you pause for a moment to realize that these words describe YOU to me.
We all have our own truth, even,...especially...you!
by Curt Anderson on July 30, 2021 1:12 pm "Can you pause for a moment to realize that these words describe YOU to me. We all have our own truth, even,...especially...you! --HtS"
I assume the "YOU" in this case is the plural you encompassing dozens of judges, election officials, election analysts, Trump's DOJ, the news media and others who have looked into the alleged "election fraud".
On your side you have millions of believers in the "steal" but we have more people who believe the election accurately and fairly reflected the will of the people.
by HatetheSwamp on July 30, 2021 2:03 pm
I meant you in the singular because this dialogue is between us but, certainly, others embrace the same narrative as you.