The New York Times reports:
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.
Mr. Trump did not name the lawmakers, but at other points during the call, he mentioned Rep. Jim Jordan, whom he described as a “fighter”; Rep. Scott Perry, who at the time promoted the idea that the election was stolen from Mr. Trump; and Sen. Ron Johnson, whom Mr. Trump praised for “getting to bottom of things.”
The notes connect Mr. Trump’s allies in Congress with his campaign to pressure Justice Department officials to help undermine, or even nullify, the election results.
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DOJ notes: Trump told DOJ officials “just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me”; rejected DOJ debunkings of specific claims with, “Ok fine — but what about the others?”; said, “You guys may not be following the internet the way I do.” https://t.co/PN89CXltSN
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 30, 2021
“‘Just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me’ & to congressional allies, [Deputy Acting AG Richard] Donoghue wrote in summarizing Mr. Trump’s response.” That’s part of a pattern showing Trump’s criminal planning to foment a coup:https://t.co/FqiPglOelm
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 30, 2021