Mark Meadows urged Justice Department to investigate Donald Trump’s baseless electoral fraud allegations
Mark Meadows urged the Justice Department to investigate Donald Trump’s baseless allegations of voter fraud, a new report said on Saturday.
Meadows, who served as Trump’s White House chief of staff, sent five emails to then-Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen in the final weeks of Trump’s presidency, urging him to investigate the unproven claims, The Report reported. New York Times.
The emails show how frenetic the Trump administration has attempted to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election with baseless claims of voter fraud following a host of failed lawsuits and recount attempts.
Rosen never consented to the investigations, according to emails provided to Congress and obtained by the point of sale. Sources said Rosen turned down Meadows’ requests.
Most notably, the emails show Meadows urging Rosen to investigate the conspiracy theory dubbed “ItalyGate,” bizarrely suggesting that Italians hacked voting machines using satellites to change votes in the 2020 election from Trump to Joe Biden.
Mark Meadows, left, sent five emails to then-Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen in the final weeks of Trump’s presidency, urging him to investigate unproven claims of voter fraud
On Saturday, Trump spoke in Greenville, North Carolina, reiterating his false claims that the election was stolen
In an email to another Justice Department official, Rosen indicated that he had refused to arrange for FBI officials to meet with Brad Johnson — a former CIA operative who claimed he could prove the bizarre theory.
In an effort to prove that the Justice Department should investigate the ItalyGate theory, Meadows had sent Rosen a link to a YouTube video created by Johnson.
Meadows also urged the Justice Department to investigate the already disproven theory that the ballots in Georgia’s Fulton County showed enough irregularities that the results should have gone in an email to Trump by Jan. 1.
As noted by The New York Times, Meadows’ emails show a breach of Justice Department policy that prevents White House staff from requesting certain Justice Department investigations.
Meadows, a staunch ally and defender of the former president, is said to have been involved in Trump’s attempts to reverse the results — after making a surprise appearance in Georgia’s Cobb County to review the election audit that was taking place.
He also joined Trump’s controversial Jan. 2 phone call to Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which Trump repeatedly told him to “find” votes needed to change the outcome of the election.
Two days before that call, Meadows had forwarded Rosen an email written by Trump campaign attorney Cleta Mitchell about the voter fraud allegations in Georgia.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating whether Justice Department officials participated in Trump’s efforts to reverse the election results, and the emails were revealed as part of those efforts.
Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump step into Air Force One at Maryland Joint Base Andrews on Jan. 20 after President Joe Biden’s inauguration
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, the committee chair, told The New York Times in a statement that the emails underline “the depth of the White House’s efforts to co-opt the department and influence the election vote.”
“I will demand all evidence of Trump’s efforts to arm the Justice Department in its election subversion,” Durbin said.
The House Oversight Committee and the Inspector General of Justice are also investigating aspects of those efforts.
The New York Times reported that Rosen is “in talks” with the House Oversight Committee to discuss whether the Justice Department was under pressure to investigate election fraud and the response to the deadly US Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
What Rosen can reveal to the House Oversight Committee depends on what’s allowed publicly because he is obligated not to interfere with ongoing investigations, the outlet reported.
On Saturday, Trump spoke in Greenville, North Carolina, reiterating his false claims that the election had been stolen.
“The 2020 presidential election, that election, the 2020 presidential election was by far the most corrupt election in our country’s history,” Trump said.
“They used COVID and the ballots sent in to steal an election. It was the elections for the third world country like we have never seen before. Look what happened.’