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Pro-Trump activists reveal Republican elected officials who participated in planning of Jan. 6 rallies: report

A slate of Republican members of Congress is being outed by those who attended planning meetings for the protest that resulted in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to a new report in Rolling Stone.

Two sources, according to their story, revealed that Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) were all present on "dozens" of calls with organizers of the group.

Trump aide Katrina Pierson was also named by them a "liaison" between the White House and the rally organizers. Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows was cited as someone who also aided the group.

"I remember Marjorie Taylor Greene specifically," the organizer told Rolling Stone. "I remember talking to probably close to a dozen other members at one point or another or their staffs."
The former president also spoke to the group, saying that they were going to march to the U.S. Capitol and tell the members of Congress that they needed to hand Trump the election. He promised that he would lead them and walk with them, but that never happened.

"These two sources also helped plan a series of demonstrations that took place in multiple states around the country in the weeks between the election and the storming of the Capitol," said Rolling Stone. "According to these sources, multiple people associated with the March for Trump and Stop the Steal events that took place during this period communicated with members of Congress throughout this process."

"We would talk to Boebert's team, Cawthorn's team, Gosar's team like back to back to back to back," the organizer recalled.

While there have been reports of officials being part of the planning, this is the first report from those involved on the inside, willing to go on the record with investigators and the press.

"Nick Dyer, who is Greene's communications director, said she was solely involved in planning to object to the electoral certification on the House floor," said the report. "Spokespeople for the other members of Congress, who the sources describe as involved in the planning for protests, did not respond to requests for comment."

"Congresswoman Greene and her staff were focused on the Congressional election objection on the House floor and had nothing to do with planning of any protest," Dyer said in an email.

"She objected just like Democrats who have objected to Republican presidential victories over the years," Dyer wrote, which is incorrect. No Democrats have ever attempted to stop certification of election results. Greene's office named a list of Democrats, falsely saying that they attempted to do exactly that when it came to President Donald Trump in 2017.

Dyer went on to say that no one in the U.S. cares about Jan. 6.

Ali Alexander, the original organizer of the event is now in hiding, but he's already said in a since-deleted video that Gosar, Brooks, and Biggs all aided his efforts for the event

"I was the person who came up with the Jan. 6 idea with Congressman Gosar, Congressman Mo Brooks, and Congressman Andy Biggs," Alexander said in the video. "We four schemed up on putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting so that — who we couldn't lobby — we could change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body hearing our loud roar from outside."

When he organized an event in Phoenix, Gosar was the main speaker. Alexander even referred to him as "my captain" and called him "one of the other heroes has been Congressman Andy Biggs."

"He just couldn't help himself but go on his live [feed] and just talk about everything that he did and who he talked to," one of the planners told Rolling Stone about Alexander. "So, he, like, really told on himself."

"The breaking point for me [on Jan. 6 was when] Trump starts talking about walking to the Capitol," said the organizer. "I was like. 'Let's get the f*ck out of here.'"

"I do kind of feel abandoned by Trump," the planner added. "I'm actually pretty pissed about it, and I'm pissed at him. What the f*ck?"

"I have no problem openly testifying," the planner also said.

Read the full report at Rolling Stone.


Revealed: 'Fascinating' detail about Mike Pence’s behind-the-scenes effort to stop Trump from stealing the election

The author of a new book about Donald Trump and the Republican Party revealed a "fascinating" detail he learned about vice president Mike Pence's actions ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Vanity Fair reporter David Drucker, author of the newly published book "In Trump's Shadow," told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that Pence had decided that he would not help Trump overturn the election and wanted to prevent a future president from attempting the same gambit.

"The other fascinating thing for me that I learned, part of what Mike Pence set out to do when he insisted to Donald Trump that he wasn't going to throw the election, as was being requested -- and it's almost strange that we talk about it so glibly because it was such a momentous event -- is he wanted a paper trail so that if future presidents got the same idea they would already understand as a matter of constitutional law, and I use the word precedent loosely, but there was a roadmap laid out that this had been investigated and determined under the law to be something you couldn't do," Drucker said.

"We all take it for granted that the founders didn't put into the Constitution this weird back door that the vice president had the power all along to choose who won the election even if they didn't like who actually won," he added. "Mike Pence always found that preposterous, but he wanted to leave a paper trail so he had his attorney in the vice president's office research this and lay it out, not just so he could say to other Republicans, 'Look, I did my best, I tried,' because that's not what he was doing. He wanted it on paper that this was as preposterous as it sounds, and the next time somebody tried it, people could pull up these documents and say, 'Look, we've already looked into this, it doesn't work.'"

Jan. 6 committee plans to use 'criminal contempt' to enforce subpoenas against key witnesses: report

President Donald Trump has urged his Republican allies to defy subpoenas they receive in connection with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select committee on the January 6 insurrection. But the committee, according to Washington Post reporters Jacqueline Alemany and Tom Hamburger, plans to aggressively "ramp up its efforts" to enforce those subpoenas.

Trump allies who have been subpoenaed by the committee include former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, attorney Kash Patel and former Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino. Bannon is refusing to cooperate, claiming that the "executive privilege" Trump enjoyed as president exempts him from having to testify, but Meadows, Patel and Scavino, so far, have not said whether or not they plan to cooperate.

Bannon's legal team has claimed, "The executive privileges belong to President Trump…. We must accept his direction and honor his invocation of executive privilege." But Pelosi's select committee believes that Trump and Bannon's "executive privilege" claims are nonsense and that legally, Bannon cannot defy the subpoena he received in September.

Alemany and Hamburger explain, "Lawmakers who sit on the panel said they are prepared to pursue criminal charges against witnesses like Stephen K. Bannon who have balked at cooperating. And the committee may issue a subpoena as early as Wednesday to Jeffrey Clark, a Trump Justice Department official who sought to deploy department resources to support former President Donald Trump's false claims of massive voting fraud in the 2020 election."

Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, is confident that Pelosi's January 6 committee will be able to enforce compliance with subpoenas.

Schiff told the Post, "Unlike the last four years, we expect the Justice Department to adhere to the principle that no one is above the law. I'm very encouraged that (President Joe Biden's) administration recognizes the imperative that the public learn the full facts of January 6."

Although Pelosi's bipartisan committee includes two conservative Republican critics of Trump — Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — most of its members are Democrats, including Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland. Raskin, an attorney, discussed the committee's legal options with liberal Washington Post opinion columnist Greg Sargent.

Raskin told Sargent, "Given the nature of the congressional investigation, the Department of Justice would have every reason to enforce criminal contempt referrals from Congress. This is about protecting the democracy against violent insurrections and coups."

According to the Maryland congressman, enforcing compliance with those subpoenas is crucial because it's important to send out a message that no one is above the law — not even allies of a former president.

"People are held in criminal contempt all of the time, all over the country, for disobeying subpoenas and not showing up in court," Raskin told Sargent. "There's nothing remotely unusual about it."

According to Raskin, "Contempt proceedings are the way we deal with people who refuse to honor the justice system's pursuit of the truth. There is no exception for the cronies of former presidents…. Trump somehow hypnotized the country into thinking that the right wing is immune to prosecution for criminal violations. That cannot be right. The law applies neutrally to everyone."

'Shut this fake investigation down': Wisconsin AG slams Trumpian election probe as a 'waste of taxpayer money'

Eleven months after now-President Joe Biden defeated then-President Donald Trump by more than 7 million votes, MAGA Republicans in Wisconsin — including State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos — are pandering to Trump by promoting a pointless review of the election results in that state. And Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, called them out at a recent press conference in Madison.

Kaul, according to the Capital Times' Jack Kelly, told reporters, "This investigation suffers from glaring flaws that destroy any credibility that its results could have." The Wisconsin AG denounced the partisan review as "a waste of taxpayer money," slammed it as "corrosive to our democracy" and urged Vos to "shut this fake investigation down."

Kelly explains, "Beyond his issues with the partisanship that has driven the review, Kaul also outlined several legal questions he has about the investigation. Kaul said he has concerns about the seeming ambiguity over who seems to be leading the investigation — former State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman or an Assembly committee — and the lack of communication between the reviewers and his office."

But Vos isn't about to say or do anything to offend Trump In response to the 40-year-old Kaul, Vos said, "Subpoenas have been issued correctly…. In order to restore confidence in our election system, Justice Gableman will continue his investigation."

Wisconsin was among the five states that Trump won in 2016 but lost to Biden in 2020; the others are Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Arizona. And Trump has been making the false and thoroughly debunked claim that he won all five of them.

Back in June, Trump attacked Vos for not doing enough to promote the Big Lie — and Vos assured Trump that the 2020 election would be thoroughly investigated in his state. Trump also received assurance from Wisconsin State Senate President Chris Kapenga, who praised him in a groveling letter that was brutally mocked by MSNBC's Chris Hayes.

In some states, attorneys general are appointed by governors; in others, they have to run for office — and Wisconsin is such a state. Kaul was elected Wisconsin attorney general when, in the 2018 midterms, he narrowly defeated Republican candidate Brad Schimel.

George Conway slams 'bald-faced, disgraceful lie' from 'Eastman memo' author’s think tank employer

Legal expert George Conway is blasting the Claremont Institute for defending John Eastman (photo, with Giuliani on Jan. 6), the man who wrote the now-infamous "Eastman Memo" which many see as instructions to then-Vice President Mike Pence on how to overturn the 2020 presidential election on January 6.

"Claremont's statement that Eastman did not seek to have Vice President Pence unilaterally determine the validity of electoral votes and overturn the election is a bald-faced, disgraceful lie," says Conway, who successfully argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and won a unanimous decision, and had been under consideration to be Donald Trump's solicitor general or an assistant attorney general.

Conway was referring to a statement from the Claremont Institute, the pro-Trump conservative think tank where Eastman is employed as a senior fellow. Claremont has embraced right wing extremists, granting fellowships to Fox News' Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro, CRT conspiracist Christopher Rufo, and even Pizzagate conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec.

The Washington Post Monday accused Claremont of trying to "whitewash" Eastman's "road map for overturning Trump's loss."

Eastman, who happens to be the chairman of the nearly-defunct anti-LGBTQ group National Organization For Marriage (NOM) and supported Uganda's efforts to jail LGBTQ people for life, was forced to "retire" as a law professor after blowback from speaking at Trump's pre-insurrection rally, ginning up the troops, and falsely claiming Trump had won the election.

In its statement defending Eastman today, Claremont decried "a recent combined disinformation, de-platforming, and ostracism campaign," also known as holding Eastman accountable by using his own words.

Here's Conway's tweet:

Whistleblower slams Capitol Police leaders for Jan. 6 'failures' — accuses ex-USCP head of lying to Congress

Nine months have passed since the January 6 insurrection, and new reporting continues to emerge about that event. According to NBC News reporters Julie Tsirkin and Teaganne Finn, a Capitol Police whistleblower recently sent a letter to members of Congress "accusing the agency's two senior leaders of mishandling intelligence surrounding the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol."

Tsirkin and Finn report, "In the letter, obtained by NBC News, the whistleblower accused Sean Gallagher, the USCP's acting chief of uniformed operations, and Yogananda Pittman, its assistant chief of police for protective and intelligence operations, of significant 'failures' in the lead-up to and aftermath of the attack. The whistleblower accused Gallagher and Pittman of failing to take appropriate action 'which directly contributed to the deaths and wounding of officers and civilians.'"

The letter was addressed to a combination of Democrats and Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Tsirkin and Finn report that in response to the letter, USCP wrote, "Although there is more work to do, many of the problems described in the letter have been addressed. USCP leaders, under new Chief Tom Manger, are committed to learning from prior mistakes and protecting our brave officers, who fought valiantly on January 6, so we can continue to carry out the Department's critical mission."

The whistleblower's criticism of Capitol Police leadership had previously been reported in Politico.

On October 8, Daniel Lippman and Betsy Woodruff Swan of Politico reported, "The whistleblower accused Gallagher and Pittman of failing to take appropriate action 'which directly contributed to the deaths and wounding of officers and civilians.' They also accused Pittman, who was the agency's acting chief from January 6 to July 23, of lying to Congress about having sent 'the single most critical' intelligence report to other USCP staff the day before the attack. The whistleblower said the report was never shared."

According to Lippman and Swan, "The whistleblower accuses Gallagher and Pittman of deliberately choosing not to help officers under attack on January 6 and alleges that Pittman lied to Congress about an intelligence report Capitol Police received before that day's riot. After a lengthy career in the department, the whistleblower was a senior official on duty on January 6.

How Mitch McConnell and Tom Cotton 'maneuvered behind the scenes' to undermine Trump’s election fraud lies: author

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't go out of his way to criticize former President Donald Trump. But the tension between McConnell and Trump is obvious. And journalist David M. Drucker, in his new book "In Trump's Shadow: The Battle for 2024 and the Future of the GOP," examines the ways in which, behind the scenes, McConnell and Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas tried to undermine Trump's false claims of voter fraud following the 2020 election.

In an excerpt from the book published by Vanity Fair on October 11, Drucker explains, "On Sunday, January 3, 2021, at 10:09 p.m., a political hand grenade exploded in my inbox. In a carefully crafted 327-word statement, Tom Cotton announced that he would support the certification of Joe Biden's Electoral College victory when Congress met in joint session on Wednesday, January 6. The senator would vote against any objections. Trump, in a last-ditch attempt to overturn the 2020 election, had issued a clarion call for Republicans to object to state-certified electoral votes from six swing states that had voted narrowly for Biden, delivering him the presidency."

Following the 2020 election, Drucker notes, Trump "ratcheted up conspiratorial claims that the election would be stolen." Some Republicans in Congress were more than happy to go along with Trump and promote the Big Lie, including Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri. But according to Drucker, McConnell and Cotton had other ideas.

"It was a fantastical sundae, cooked up by Trump's calamitous legal team and served up by the president to the rank-and-file voters who backed him," Drucker recalls. "The cherry on top was Trump's assertion that Congress and Vice President Mike Pence were empowered by the Constitution to sidestep the Electoral College and install the losing candidate as president. In the midst of all this, Cotton, in league with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, was maneuvering behind the scenes to derail the outgoing president's effort to remain in office, and marginalize those Republicans who were abetting him."

'So you think the election was stolen?' Chris Wallace corners Steve Scalise for repeating Trump's lies

Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday tried his hardest to get Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) to say whether he believes the 2020 presidential election was "stolen" from Donald Trump.

The question came up during an interview on Fox News Sunday.

"There are irregularities in all elections," Wallace noted. "Do you think the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and in continuing to make that charge, not having states do election reform, but specifically making this charge that the election was stolen, do you think that that hurts -- undermines American democracy?"

Scalise deflected instead of answering the question.

"I've been very clear from the beginning," he said. "If you look at a number of states, they didn't follow their state-passed laws that govern the election for president. That is what the United States Constitution says. They don't say that the states determine what the rules are. They say the state legislatures determine the rules."

"But the states all certified [the election]," Wallace interrupted.

"But at the end of the day, are we going to follow what the Constitution says or not?" Scalise continued. "I hope we get back to what the Constitution says but clearly in a number of states, they didn't follow those legislatively-set rules."

"So you think the election was stolen?" Wallace pressed.

"I -- what I said is there are states that didn't follow their legislatively-set rules," Scalise repeated. "That's what the United States Constitution says. And I think there are a lot of people that want us to get back to what the Constitution says we should be doing, not just with elections, with a lot of other things too. And then there are some people that just want to ignore what the Constitution says and do their own thing."

Wallace noted that Trump continues to hold rallies falsely insisting that he won the 2020 election.

"I guess the question is -- last time, I promise -- do you think the election was stolen or not?" the Fox News host asked. "I understand you think there were irregularities and things that need to be fixed. Do you think the election was stolen?"

Scalise again refused to give a yes-or-no answer.

"It's states that did not follow the law set," the Louisiana Republican opined. "When you see states like Georgia cleaning up some of the mess and people calling that Jim Crow law. That's a flat-out lie."

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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Arizona Republicans testify that Biden’s victory was 'free, fair and accurate'

Former President Donald Trump continues to promote the false and totally debunked claim that he won Arizona in the 2020 election. But when three Arizona Republicans testified before the House Oversight Committee on October 7, they reiterated that in fact, now-President Joe Biden won their state fairly and decisively in 2020.

The Republicans were former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and two members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors: Chairman Jack Sellers and Vice-Chairman Bill Gates (not to be confused with the tech entrepreneur).

Sellers told members of the House Oversight Committee, "The election of November 3, 2020 in Maricopa County was free, fair and accurate." And Gates had a stern warning during his testimony, stressing that the United States is in deep trouble if other members of his party refuse to accept democratic election results.

Gates testified, "If elected officials continue to choose party over truth, then these procedures are going to continue on — these privately funded government-backed attacks on legitimate elections. As a Republican who believes in democracy, I dreamed of one day going to a nation that was trying to build a democracy and help them out. Perhaps a former Soviet republic like Belarus or Tajikistan. I never could have imagined that I would be doing that work here in the United States of America."

The Republicans' testimony before Congress follows the release of Cyber Ninjas' report on its audit of the election results in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix (Arizona's largest city). The audit, which found that Biden did, in fact, receive the most votes in Maricopa County, was not an official government recount. Rather, Cyber Ninjas is a Florida-based private firm run by Doug Logan, a far-right MAGA Republican and QAnon supporter — and even Cyber Ninjas found that Biden won Arizona. Logan refused to testify during the hearing.

The Cyber Ninjas audit, which was ordered by MAGA Republicans in the Arizona State Legislature, was pointless. After the initial vote count in November 2020 showed a Biden victory in Arizona, those votes were recounted by actual election officials and confirmed that Biden won the state.

Damning Senate Judiciary report details Pennsylvania Republican’s role in Trump’s attempted coup

A report released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, October 7 offers troubling details on former President Donald Trump's efforts to bully U.S. Department of Justice officials into helping him overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election back in December 2020 and early January 2021. And the report, according to Politico reporters Nicholas Wu and Kyle Cheney, paints a damning picture of Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.

"In the last weeks of Trump's administration, according to the new Senate Judiciary Committee majority report, the former president asked Richard Donoghue — then the Justice Department's second-in-command — for his cell number so lawmakers concerned about the election could call him," Wu and Cheney explain in an article published on October 7. "Perry (R-Pa.) was one of the lawmakers who ended up with the principal associate deputy attorney general's phone number."

The Politico reporters continue, "The report details that Perry contacted Donoghue on December 27, saying Trump himself had suggested the call, and raised false election claims. Perry told Donoghue, the report states, that there were 'things going on in Pennsylvania' with regard to ballot-counting that he found improper.' Perry also recommended to Donoghue that Jeffrey Clark, then the head of the Justice Department's civil division, should become more involved in DOJ's handling of the 2020 election. Trump later considered Clark as a replacement for the acting attorney general, seeing Clark as more sympathetic to claims of voter fraud that have proven baseless."

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, in the report, recommend that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select committee on the January 6 insurrection focus heavily on Perry as well as far-right Rep. Doug Mastriano, another pro-Trump Pennsylvania Republican, and Trump campaign attorney Cleta Mitchell.

The fact that Perry and Mastriano are from Pennsylvania is important. In 2020, the campaigns of Trump and now-President Joe Biden knew that Pennsylvania could be a make-or-break swing state for them — and sure enough, the election was called for Biden when it was announced that he had won Pennsylvania (which had gone to Trump in 2016). The more votes that were counted in Philadelphia and its suburbs, the more obvious it became that Biden had won Pennsylvania. Indeed, Trump was so unpopular in Philly that when the election was called for Biden on Saturday, November 7, huge crowds were celebrating on Broad Street in a way that recalled reactions to the Philadelphia Phillies winning the 2008 World Series and the Philadelphia Eagles winning the 2018 Superbowl.

Pennsylvania is a complex state politically. While Central Pennsylvania — the part of the state that Democratic strategist James Carville famously described as "Alabama" between Philly and Pittsburgh — leans Republican and can be quite conservative, Philly is a Democratic stronghold that hasn't elected a Republican mayor since Bernard Samuel in 1947. Biden's campaign knew that in order for him to win Pennsylvania in 2020, he needed a strong turnout in Philly and its suburbs. And MAGA Republicans are aggressively pushing for voter suppression in that part of the state, which will have a closely watched gubernatorial race in the 2022 midterms.

Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who was reelected in 2018, is term-limited, and it remains to be seen who Democrats and Republicans will nominate to run for governor of Pennsylvania next year.

'Stunning distortion of DOJ’s authority': Here are 6 key findings in Senate Judiciary's report on Trump election interference

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has released a sweeping report detailing how former President Donald Trump and a former high-ranking lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) attempted to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

The Democratic-led committee's 394-page document contains intricate details about the former president's actions in the days after the presidential election was called for President Joe Biden. A number of bombshell claims were revealed in the report and ⁠— here are six key takeaways from it.

1. "President Trump repeatedly asked DOJ leadership to endorse his false claims that the election was stolen and to assist his efforts to overturn the election results."

The report reveals Trump asked the Justice Department for assistance in overturning the election a total of nine times. The call history includes details about who Trump spoke with along with dates those calls took place.

  • December 15, 2020 – Oval Office meeting including incoming Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue (both men assumed office when William Barr left on Dec. 23)
  • December 23, 2020 – Trump-Rosen Call
  • December 24, 2020 – Trump-Rosen Call
  • December 27, 2020 – Trump-Rosen-Donoghue Call
  • December 28, 2020 – Trump-Donoghue Call
  • December 30, 2020 – Trump-Rosen Call
  • December 31, 2020 – Oval Office meeting including Rosen and Donoghue
  • January 3, 2021 – Oval Office meeting including Rosen and Donoghue
  • January 3, 2021 – Trump-Donoghue Call

2. "White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asked Acting Attorney General Rosen to initiate election fraud investigations on multiple occasions, violating longstanding restrictions on White House-DOJ communications about specific law enforcement matters."

Between December 29 and January 1, Meadows pushed for Rosen to open an investigation into "at least four categories of false election fraud claims" being circulated by Trump, his campaign team, legal team and other allies. At the time, no substantial evidence of election fraud had been produced to support any of the claims. The report also breaks down the four key categories Meadows pressed Rosen about:

  • "Investigate various discredited claims of election fraud in Georgia that the Trump campaign was simultaneously advancing in a lawsuit that the Georgia Supreme Court had refused to hear on an expedited basis;
  • Investigate false claims of 'signature match anomalies' in Fulton County, Georgia, even though Republican state elections officials had made clear "there has been no evidence presented of any issues with the signature matching process."
  • Investigate a theory known as 'Italygate,' which was promoted by an ally of the President's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and which held that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and an Italian IT contractor used military satellites to manipulate voting machines and change Trump votes to Biden votes. Meadows also asked DOJ to meet with Giuliani on Italygate and other election fraud claims.
  • Investigate a series of claims of election fraud in New Mexico that had been widely refuted and in some cases rejected by the courts, including a claim that Dominion Voting Systems machines caused late-night 'vote dumps' for Democratic candidates."

The report also notes that Meadows' actions are in violation of policies that place limitations on communication between White House and DOJ officials in regards to certain law enforcement matters. This policy was put in place after the Watergate scandal.

3. "After personally meeting with Trump, Jeffrey Bossert Clark [former Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division] pushed Rosen and Donoghue to assist Trump's election subversion scheme — and told Rosen he would decline Trump's potential offer to install him as Acting Attorney General if Rosen agreed to aid that scheme."

After having private conversations with Trump, Clark pressed Rosen and Donoghue to announce an investigation into election fraud and have legislatures in key swing states appoint alternate election officials. The report highlights a draft letter Clark sent to Rosen and Donoghue on December 28. The letter, which was addressed to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), the General Assembly Speaker, and Senate President Pro Tempore, included a number of recommended directives, many of which violated election laws.

In fact, Clark's proposed action, which would have had the DOJ override an already-certified popular vote, was described as "a stunning distortion of DOJ's authority," according to the report:

"The letter was titled "Georgia Proof of Concept" and Clark suggested replicating it in "each relevant state." The letter would have informed state officials that DOJ had "taken notice" of election irregularities in their state and recommended calling a special legislative session to evaluate these irregularities, determine who "won the most legal votes," and consider appointing a new slate of Electors. Clark's proposal to wield DOJ's power to override the already-certified popular vote reflected a stunning distortion of DOJ's authority: DOJ protects ballot access and ballot integrity, but has no role in determining which candidate won a particular election."

4. "Trump allies with links to the 'Stop the Steal' movement and the January 6 insurrection participated in the pressure campaign against DOJ."

The report included a brief list of the Trump allies who have been accused of pressuring DOJ officials to do the former president's bidding. Those individuals also had ties to the former president's "Stop the Steal" movement and the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol that followed Trump's rally on January 6.

They are:

  • Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.): The report indicates that the Republican lawmaker spoke directly to Donoghue about baseless claims of election fraud in his state.
  • Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano (R): As an avid Trump ally, Mastriano reportedly "spent thousands of dollars from his campaign account to provide transportation for Trump supporters to attend the 'Save America Rally' on January 6." The report also indicates that he "was present on the Capitol grounds as the insurrection unfolded." Like Perry, Mastriano also spoke with Donoghue in reference to unfounded claims of election fraud in Pennsylvania.
  • Trump campaign legal advisor Cleta Mitchell: Described as one of the earliest advocates for Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, the Senate report also notes Mitchell was a "participant in the January 2, 2021 call where Trump 5 pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to 'find 11,780 votes.'"

5. "Trump forced the resignation of U.S. Attorney Byung Jin ('BJay') Pak, whom he believed was not doing enough to address false claims of election fraud in Georgia. Trump then went outside the line of succession when naming an Acting U.S. Attorney, bypassing First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Erskine and instead, appointing Bobby Christine because he believed Christine would 'do something' about his election fraud claims."

When former U.S. Attorney General Pak's investigative results did not align with the outcome Trump was hoping for, the outraged former president publicly berated him and described him as "a "Never Trumper." The former president also bulldozed over protocol and the proper line of succession to appoint someone he believed would produce favorable results to help him overturn the presidential election.

6. "By pursuing false claims of election fraud before votes were certified, DOJ deviated from longstanding practice meant to avoid inserting DOJ itself as an issue in the election."

On November 9, 2020 the former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr released a memo that "directed prosecutors not to wait until after certification to investigate allegations of voting irregularities that 'could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.'"

In doing this, the report emphasizes Barr "weakened" the DOJ's policy to "avoid taking overt steps in election fraud investigations until after votes were certified, in order to avoid inserting DOJ itself as an issue in the election." His actions before and after the election disregarded the DOJ's longstanding practice.

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