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GOP senators who voted to convict Trump say it's too soon to worry that he could undermine 2024 election
Seven Senate Republicans defied former President Donald Trump by voting to convict him for inciting an insurrection after losing the 2020 election. But eight months later, they're largely responding with a collective shrug to warnings again he's taking steps to try to overturn the 2024 election, telling CNN they see no reason yet to be alarmed. © CNN/GettyImages CNN surveyed the lawmakers this week in the very halls of the Capitol where the Trump-inspired insurrection occurred on January 6, less than a year after the lawmakers took a bold stand against the powerful leader of their party and voted to remove him from office in respons
Jeffery Rosen | January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images
Jeffrey Rosen, the former acting attorney general under Donald Trump, reportedlybefore the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on Wednesday to answer questions about his apparent role in beating back the former president's failed bid to overturn the 2020 election.
Rosen, who headed the Department of Justice during the final weeks of Trump's presidency, reportedly played a key role in thwarting Trump and his allies from weaponizing the agency to their own advantage in the aftermath of Trump's loss.
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He is the second DOJ official, just after his own former deputy, Richard Donoghue, to be questioned by the panel.
Back in August, The New York Timeson a number of Trump's plans to wrest control of the agency, either by enlisting the support of Rosen or ousting him altogether.
Throughout December, the former president worked with Jeffrey Clark, an attorney in the department's civil division, to legitimize the notion that the 2020 election war was marred by widespread fraud. Trump asked Clark, for instance, to pressure Rosen to send a letter to Georgia's leadership asking that the state's legislature look into Trump's election conspiracies. The letter falsely alleged that the Department of Justice was taking such conspiracies seriously.
Jan. 6 panel braces for collision with Trump
The Select Committee expects the former president to fight its probe into the attack on Capitol Hill. Some aspects of its work are proceeding smoothly. The panel has held its first closed-door transcribed interviews with willing witnesses, according to sources familiar with those efforts, and new ones are scheduled for this week.
When Rosen refused to send the missive, Trump apparently conspired to replace Rosen with Clark, thinking that the latter would be far more sympathetic to his effort to overturn the election. At one point Trump reportedly sat Rosen and Clark next to each other in the Oval Office – in an "The Apprentice"-like fashion – and asked to make a case for themselves as to why they should helm the agency. Facing the threat of mass resignations from the DOJ's top leadership in the case of Rosen's ouster, Trump ultimately abandoned the plan.
Clark is expected to be subpoenaed by the select committee as early as Wednesday, according to a Politico.
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Rosen's slated appearance comes amid similar revelations stemming from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which last week released a report culminating a 9-month investigation into the above schemes.
Biden White House waives executive privilege for initial set of Trump-era documents sought by Jan. 6 panel
The move comes as the Capitol attack committee indicates it's "engaging with" two ex-aides to former President Donald Trump.“After my consultations with the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, President Biden has determined than an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified as to any of the Documents,” wrote White House Counsel Dana Remus in a letter to Archivist of the United States David Ferriero in a letter obtained by POLITICO.
"President Trump's efforts to enlist DOJ and its leadership in his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election were aided by numerous allies with clear ties to the 'Stop the Steal' movement and the January 6 insurrection," the Senate report.
Trump and his allies in Congress, the report added, "could effectively position themselves to overturn the presidential election results with cover from DOJ, asking DOJ to 'just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the [Republican] Congressmen.'"
Clark and Rosen are just two of a cavalcade of characters expected to sit down with federal lawmakers over their apparent role in blocking or advancing Trump's failed election crusade. Among those formally subpoenaed include former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, ex-social media czar Dan Scavino, Defense Department official Kash Patel and Trump's former chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
Trump has instructed all of his former aides to resist the subpoenas, casting doubt over whether any of them will be questioned. Democrats, meanwhile, have been strident in their threats to punish the group for non-compliance.
Jan. 6 panel plans contempt vote as Trump sues over probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is moving swiftly Tuesday to hold at least one of Donald Trump's allies in contempt as the former president is pushing back on the probe in a new lawsuit. Trump is aggressively trying to block the committee's work by directing former White House aide Steve Bannon not to answer questions in the probe while also suing the panel to try to prevent Congress from obtaining former White House documents.
"We are completely of one mind that if people refuse to respond to questions without justification that we will hold them in criminal contempt and refer them to the Justice Department," Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the Jan. 6 panel, said in a Tuesday interview with.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., another member of the select committee, likewisefor fines and jail time for anyone that resisted the subpoenas — even threatening to deploy law enforcement if necessary.
"We have engaged with a wide variety of law enforcement offices, including the U.S. Marshals, in order to issue the subpoenas," Murphy said in an MSNBC interview. "We will use everything, as you said, with all due respect, we will use all of the agencies and all of the tools at our disposal to issue the subpoenas and enforce them."
Jim Jordan says he can't recall how many times he spoke to Trump Jan 6 .
'I don't recall the number of times, but it's not about me,' said Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Wednesday, saying he spoke to former President Donald Trump Jan. 6th.Jordan brought up the call or calls – he has acknowledged speaking to Trump in the past – at a Rules Committee hearing where he furiously defended the president as the House prepares to vote on a resolution to hold former Trump advisor Steve Bannon in criminal contempt.