New York Times: Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows pushed DOJ to investigate baseless election fraud claim

Meadows despatched 5 emails in late December and early January to then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen asking him to look into election fraud claims in Georgia and New Mexico and different debunked theories that Trump had received the election, the Times reported.

The emails from Meadows add to the flagrant makes an attempt Trump made to stress the Justice Department to overturn his election loss, a rare overreach to compel the division to take partisan political motion for his private profit. There isn’t any proof of widespread election fraud that might overturn the 2020 election outcomes, and Meadows’ emails to Rosen, the Times famous, violated steering that bars most White House staff from contacting the DOJ about investigations.

The Times reported that the emails have been uncovered this yr as half of a Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into whether or not Justice Department officers have been concerned in efforts to reverse Trump’s election loss.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, instructed the Times in a press release that the “new evidence underscores the depths of the White House’s efforts to co-opt the department and influence the electoral vote certification.”

“I will demand all evidence of Trump’s efforts to weaponize the Justice Department in his election subversion scheme,” Durbin added.

NCS has reached out to Durbin for remark.

A spokesperson for Meadows and the Justice Department declined to remark to the Times.

Rosen didn’t reply to a request from the newspaper for remark.

In the one of the emails he despatched Rosen, Meadows pressed the Justice Department to look right into a baseless perception that signature match anomalies in Georgia’s Fulton County have been sufficient to flip the outcomes for Trump, the Times reported, in addition to a listing of unproven allegations about potential election wrongdoing in New Mexico.

Meadows additionally requested Rosen to investigate an unfounded conspiracy concept, referred to as “Italygate,” which claims folks in Italy had used navy know-how and satellites to remotely change votes for Trump to Joe Biden on US voting machines, in accordance to the Times.

One of the emails appeared to point out that Rosen had declined to arrange a gathering between the FBI and a person who was selling the Italy conspiracy concept in on-line movies, the newspaper reported.

Having reviewed parts of the emails, the Times reported that none of the correspondence confirmed Rosen agreeing to Meadows’ proposals to launch the investigations. Former officers and other people shut to Rosen instructed the Times that Rosen didn’t open any such investigations.

A former Republican congressman from North Carolina, Meadows resigned from Congress in 2020 to be Trump’s fourth chief of staff. He sided with Trump’s disingenuous assaults in opposition to mail-in voting and fed his baseless claim that the election was stolen from him, which has contributed to the erosion of public belief within the American electoral course of.

Online conspiracy theories and Trump’s promotion of the lies in regards to the 2020 election fueled a gaggle of his supporters to violently assault the US Capitol constructing on January 6 in an try to block Congress from certifying Biden’s election win.

The Senate Judiciary Committee investigation is one of three probes into the earlier administration’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election ends in Trump’s closing days in workplace, the Times reported. The House Oversight Committee and the Justice Department’s inspector basic are additionally investigating, in accordance to the Times.

The Times reported in January that Trump had pressured Rosen from the onset of his function as performing lawyer basic to appoint particular counsels to investigate baseless claims that the election’s integrity had been extensively compromised, and particularly to probe Dominion Voting Systems, which Trump falsely claimed had perpetuated widespread fraud. Trump additionally plotted to hearth Rosen and change him with a Justice Department lawyer who would then search to use the division to undo Georgia’s presidential election outcomes, the paper reported.
Trump additionally pushed the Department of Justice to instantly ask the Supreme Court to invalidate Biden’s election win, the Wall Street Journal reported in January.

NCS’s Caroline Kelly contributed to this report.