Trump Pressed Official to Wield Justice Dept. to Again Election Claims


Mr Rosen declined to comment. A spokesman for Mr. Trump was not immediately available for comment.

The documents “show that President Trump tried to corrupt our nation’s chief law enforcement agency in a brazen attempt to overturn an election he lost,” said Carolyn B. Maloney, a New York Democrat and chairman of the House Oversight Committee .

Ms. Maloney, whose committee is investigating the events leading up to the January 6 assault on the Capitol by a pro-Trump crowd protesting the election results, including pressure from Mr. Trump on the Justice Department, said she had former officials The Trump administration asked to sit for interviews, including Mr. Meadows, Mr. Clark and others. The House Oversight Committee requested the documents in May as part of the investigation, and the Justice Department followed suit.

The draft letter Mr Trump wanted the Justice Department to submit to the Supreme Court echoed a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in court alleging that a handful of battlefield states used the pandemic to make unconstitutional changes to their electoral laws that influenced the election result. In response, the states argued that Texas had no authority to file the lawsuit and the Supreme Court dismissed the case.

The version of the lawsuit Mr Trump tried to file from the Justice Department made similar allegations, saying officials in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania used the pandemic to revise or violate their own electoral laws and elections to weaken security.

To prove their case, the lawsuit relied on descriptions of an election surveillance video that resembled one that Republican officials in Georgia disliked as rigged, as well as the debunked idea, spread by Mr Trump, that Dominion Voting machine systems had been hacked.

In order to speak to Mr Rosen about a draft lawsuit in the Supreme Court, a lawyer named Kurt Olsen, who had advised Mr Paxton’s efforts, tried unsuccessfully to contact him several times, according to emails sent between 11am and 10pm on December were. 29 and received from investigators on the House Oversight Committee.