Politics Trump defends his comments about election after release of DOJ notes
DOJ says Durham’s report should ‘permit public dissemination’
Special counsel John Durham's report into the Trump-Russia investigators should be submitted in a way that allows it to be released to the public when completed, the Justice Department said. © Provided by Washington Examiner Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin pressed Attorney General Merrick Garland for answers about Durham’s inquiry.
Former President Trump defended his comments to top Department of Justice (DOJ) officials about the 2020 election after notes from a call in December were released on Friday.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen's deputy, Richard Donoghue, took during a Dec. 27 call between Donoghue, Rosen and Trump.
The notes showed Trump was pushing the officials to investigate election fraud claims with no evidence and allegedly told the officials to say the election was "corrupt."
DOJ won't investigate nursing home deaths in New York, other states: letter
The Department of Justice (DOJ) will not be opening a civil rights investigation into nursing home deaths in four states, rejecting calls from Republicans earlier this year for a probe.In a letter shared by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the DOJ said it had decided against opening an investigation into COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Jersey."The Civil Rights Division requested information from New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey regarding COVID-19 and nursing facilities run by, or for, those states," the DOJ said in its letter, signed by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Joe Gaeta.
"Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me" and other congressional allies, Donoghue wrote that the former president said in the call.
Video: Newly released handwritten notes show Trump pressured DOJ on election (ABC News)
Trump released a statement on Saturday slamming the Oversight and Reform Committee for releasing the documents and said it was wrong to describe him as attempting to "overturn the election."
"The corrupt and highly partisan House Democrats who run the House Oversight Committee yesterday released documents-including court filings dealing with the rigged election of 2020-that they dishonestly described as attempting to overturn the election," Trump said while repeating claims the election was "rigged" despite having no evidence for the assertion.
'Leave the Rest to Me'
The full contours of Trump’s effort to overturn the election are coming into view.But the House Oversight Committee shed more light this week on just how and why January 6 happened, releasing handwritten notes by Richard Donoghue, a top Justice Department official in the waning days of the Trump administration. The violence of the day has taken center stage, but these notes help put it in context: The angry crowd was just one part of President Donald Trump’s long-running effort to overturn the results of the election in the House of Representatives.
"In fact, it is just the opposite. The documents were meant to uphold the integrity and honesty of elections and the sanctity of our vote," he added. "The American People want, and demand, that the President of the United States, its chief law enforcement officer in the country, stand with them to fight for Election Integrity and to investigate attempts to undermine our nation."
The officials told Trump the DOJ could not investigate election fraud claims if there was no evidence of widespread election fraud, according to the notes in the documents.
Donoghue allegedly told Trump there were "dozens of investigations, hundreds of interviews" conducted by the DOJ, and no evidence of widespread voter fraud was found.
Trump has been asserting for months that the election was rigged and even called on Congress to investigate his claims in his statement Saturday, more than eight months after the election.
Durbin calls what was happening at DOJ under Trump 'frightening' .
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday said what was going on at the Department of Justice (DOJ) under former President Trump was "frightening" after listening to hours of testimony from the former administration's acting attorney general as the panel investigates election interference."It really is important that we ask these questions because what was going on in the Department of Justice was frightening from a constitutional point of view," Durbin told host Dana Bash on CNN's "State of the Union.