Trump responds to explosive Jan 6 testimony by resharing PA official’s letter about ‘irregularities’
Former President Donald Trump responded to the committee’s fourth Jan. 6 hearing on Thursday by re-sharing a letter sent to him last summer by a Pennsylvania official trying to get his approval for governor.
The June 2021 letter from former Pennsylvania governor Bill McSwain suggests that voter fraud was not fully investigated in the Commonwealth thanks to former Attorney General Bill Barr.
“On Election Day and after, our Bureau received several allegations of voter fraud and electoral irregularities,” said McSwain, who then served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Former President Donald Trump (left) responded to the committee’s fourth hearing on Thursday, January 6, by re-sharing a letter sent to him in June 2021 by former Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain (right) alleging that ” electoral irregularities’ were not investigated
Former President Donald Trump added a copy of the letter Thursday to a statement that read: “To the Unselect Committee – Have you seen this letter? Why wouldn’t the Justice Department do anything?’
McSwain said he wanted to “fully investigate all charges,” but that charge was dropped by Barr, who referred him to state attorney general Josh Shapiro — a Democrat who is now the party nominated for governor for 2022.
Barr, McSwain claimed, “has instructed me not to make public statements or issue press releases about possible election irregularities.”
“I didn’t agree with that decision, but those were my orders,” McSwain said. “As a naval infantry officer, I am trained to follow the chain of command and respect the orders of my superiors, even when I disagreed with them.”
McSwain then moves on to making the pitch to Trump about why he should be the ex-president’s pick for Pennsylvania governor.
The letter goes on to ask former President Donald Trump for his approval as Bill McSwain campaigned for governor. In April, Trump gave McSwain an anti-approval telling Republicans not to vote for him because he wasn’t doing enough to support the ‘big lie’
“I’d be honored to have your support,” McSwain said.
The ex-president sent a copy of the letter along with the statement – ‘To the Unselect Committee – Have you seen this letter? Why wouldn’t the Justice Department do anything?’ – as the hearing ended on Thursday.
Barr previously said in an interview that McSwain was not being honest.
Any suggestion that McSwain was told he would stop investigating allegations of voter fraud is false. It’s just not true,” Barr said in July 2021, after Trump publicly released the letter.
The claims “appeared to have been made to appease President Trump to gain his support for McSwain’s planned candidacy for governor,” Barr said.
In an earlier statement by the commission dated Jan. 6, Barr said the Justice Department has investigated allegations of voter fraud and has found nothing that would have undone the results of the 2020 election, including in Pennsylvania.
In Barr’s testimony presented during Thursday’s hearing, Barr explained why it was important for the DOJ to investigate those allegations.
In a recorded statement, Barr said he was “unsure if we would have had a transition at all” — suggesting he feared Trump might have refused to leave office.
In a recorded statement, former Attorney General Bill Barr said he was “unsure if we would have had a transition at all” — suggesting he feared Trump might have refused to leave office
“I shudder to think what the situation would have been like if the department’s position was: We’re not even going to look at this until after Biden’s tenure,” Barr said.
Overall, Thursday’s hearing included a blockbuster on Trump’s campaign to pressure DOJ officials to undo President Joe Biden’s win in key swing states.
As for McSwain, the letter Trump re-shared on Thursday didn’t do enough to earn the ex-president’s approval.
In April, the former US attorney was given an anti-Trump endorsement for not doing enough to help him win Pennsylvania in 2020.
“Don’t vote for Bill McSwain, a coward, who has let down our country,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump went on to endorse state Senator Doug Mastriano just days before the Pennsylvania primaries in May, with Mastriano — who was spreading the “big lie” — already poised to win, which he did.