President Trump tried to pressure the Justice Department to declare the election “corrupt,” telling the agency to “leave the rest to me,” according to handwritten notes taken by then-deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue during a phone call with the president. The notes were made public by the House Oversight Committee on Friday.
“- DAG … ‘understand that the DOJ can’t + won’t snap its fingers + change the outcome of the election, doesn’t work that way.’” (p. 4) pic.twitter.com/w9wKqsnwjr
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) July 30, 2021
In a conversation with the president on December 27th, then-acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and Donoghue—two of the department’s most senior officials—told the president that the DOJ “can’t + won’t snap its fingers + change the