Trump requested his AG a couple of authorized technique to overturn the election, Rosen tells the senators
Modeled after the Texas lawsuit, the lawsuit would have asked the Supreme Court to state that electoral college votes from six major swing states that were lost to Trump cannot be “counted” due to unfounded fraud allegations, and the Judges asked for a “special election” for the president to be held in these states.
Rosen found Olsen’s arguments unconvincing. He had already contacted the Texas attorney, according to emails previously released by House investigators, asking him to provide Supreme Court precedents in support of his case.
When Trump raised the complaint in response to her call, the acting attorney general was ready. The complaint had been circulated enough at the highest levels of government for the Department’s Legal Department to review it and provide legal reasons for why it had failed. Rosen put some of these arguments to the President, including arguments related to position and original jurisdiction, and told Congressional investigators that he had convinced the outgoing President to be on his side.
The Ministry of Justice did not join the complaint. And Rosen kept telling the President what he didn’t want to hear. But even so, Trump didn’t fire Rosen.
Face-to-face talks between presidents and senior law enforcement officials on urgent legal matters are rare, let alone on such a sensitive subject as the possible exclusion of the votes of millions of Americans. But Trump had long ignored such norms, from his attempts to direct former FBI chief James Comey during the Russia investigation to his public sparring with Jeff Sessions and William Barr.
Recordings by a DOJ official released by the House Oversight Committee indicated that Trump was urging them to label the election “corrupt”. You didn’t obey.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, which sought a voluntary interview with Rosen, will continue its investigation into the Trump-era Justice Department this week. Chairman Dick Durbin told reporters this week the panel will soon be interviewing Byung Jin Pak, the former Northern District of Georgia US attorney who resigned in early January over controversy over Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s presidential election. Pak will be sitting for an interview with the committee on Wednesday morning, according to a source familiar with his plans.
Rosen testified before the Senate panel for more than seven hours last Saturday, giving Durbin a report called “Riveting.” The Illinois Democrat said he would also like to hear from former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark as the panel continues its investigation.
Trump had considered ousting Rosen in favor of Clark, whom his allies saw as more susceptible to his false election claims. It’s unclear whether Clark will testify before the Justice Committee, and his even Republican-Democratic split means that if there is a standstill, he may not be able to issue a subpoena.
The investigation into the Chair of the House Oversight Committee, Carolyn Maloney, was abruptly halted in early August and her interviews turned over to the special committee investigating the January 6 riot.