Damning report details Trump’s ‘corrupt’ efforts to overturn election results
A report from a Senate Judiciary Committee found that former President Donald Trump’s efforts to thwart the 2020 election results brought pandemonium to the Justice Department and prompted resignations from various high-level officials.
“This moment was spine-tinglingly, chillingly close to shredding the constitution because Donald Trump tried to subvert, corrupt the constitution and the Department of Justice,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the committee, said.
The new report released Thursday sheds new light on Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results, asking leaders to declare the election “corrupt” and criticizing its top official for not doing anything to toss out the results.
“In attempting to enlist DOJ for personal, political purposes in an effort to maintain his hold on the White House, Trump grossly abused the power of the presidency,” the report said.
The tension between Trump and the DOJ culminated in a White House meeting on Jan. 3. Trump openly considered replacing acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen with assistant attorney general Jeffrey Clark, who was more open to Trump’s requests.
“One thing we know is you, Rosen, aren’t going to do anything to overturn the election,” Trump reportedly said during the meeting.
One White House lawyer described the efforts to undo the election as a “murder-suicide” pact.