ABSTRACT

Subverting Justice: How the Former President and His Allies Pressured DOJ to Overturn the 2020 Election   [open pdf - 34MB]

From the Executive Summary: "On January 22, 2021, the 'New York Times' reported that Jeffrey Bossert Clark, the former Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Division, sought to involve DOJ in efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results and plotted with then-President Trump to oust Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who reportedly refused Trump's demands. On January 23, 2021, the 'Wall Street Journal' reported that Trump had urged DOJ to file a lawsuit in the Supreme Court seeking to invalidate President Biden's victory. These reports followed Trump's months-long effort to undermine the results of the election, which culminated in the violent insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. [...] The report makes six primary findings: FINDING 1: President Trump repeatedly asked DOJ leadership to endorse his false claims that the election was stolen and to assist his efforts to overturn the election results. [...] FINDING 2: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asked Acting Attorney General Rosen to initiate election fraud investigations on multiple occasions, violating longstanding restrictions on White House-DOJ communications about specific law-enforcement matters. [...] FINDING 3: After personally meeting with Trump, Jeffrey Bossert Clark pushed Rosen and Donoghue to assist Trump's election subversion scheme--and told Rosen he would decline Trump's potential offer to install him as Acting Attorney General if Rosen agreed to aid that scheme. [...] FINDING 4: Trump allies with links to the 'Stop the Steal' movement and the January 6 insurrection participated in the pressure campaign against DOJ. [...] FINDING 5: Trump forced the resignation of U.S. Attorney Byung Jin ('BJay') Pak, whom he believed was not doing enough to address false claims of election fraud in Georgia. Trump then went outside the line of succession when naming an Acting U.S. Attorney, bypassing First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Erskine and instead appointing Bobby Christine because he believed Christine would 'do something' about his election fraud claims. [...] FINDING 6: By pursuing false claims of election fraud before votes were certified, DOJ deviated from longstanding practice meant to avoid inserting DOJ itself as an issue in the election."

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2021-10-07?
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Public Domain
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U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary: https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/
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