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Trump: “Leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.”
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Trump: “Leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.”

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This piece was originally published in the June 27, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

“‘Just say it was corrupt and leave the rest to us.’ The President wanted the top Justice Department officials to declare that the election was corrupt even though as he knew there was absolutely no evidence to support that statement. The president didn’t care about actually investigating the facts.” – Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

The January 6 committee continued its hearings last Thursday. Thursday’s hearing focused on the pressure former President Donald Trump put  on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to help him try to execute his efforts to overturn the election.

When former Attorney General Bill Barr resigned in December 2020, he was replaced by one of last week’s witnesses, former acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen. Over the next month, Trump engaged Rosen and his deputy Richard Donaghue in near daily phone calls and meetings to plead with them for their complicity in his criminal attempt to overturn the election. His efforts to engage the DOJ in his conspiracy culminated in a dramatic two and a half hour Oval Office meeting during which Trump directly threatened to fire Rosen. Rosen rebuffed Trump.

According to Rosen and Donaghue’s testimony, Trump told them to “just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.” At the end of the hearing, the committee publicly exposed that many of those Republicans in Congress—Reps. Louie Gohmert (TX), Matt Gaetz (FL), Scott Perry (PA), Mo Brooks (AL), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), and Andy Biggs (AZ)–asked the White House for a presidential pardon.

That damning fact exposes the truth of Trump’s plan to illegally pressure the DOJ into sabotaging the election. It wasn’t about the law—it was about a plan he hatched with his MAGA allies in Congress to overturn the will of the people and threaten our democracy.

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This piece was originally published in the June 27, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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