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Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows tried to pressure top DOJ officials to look into crazy election fraud theories

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According to recently leaked emails obtained by CNN, former high-ranking officials at the Department of Justice reacted strongly in the negative after being asked to investigate voter fraud conspiracy theories espoused and repeated ad-naseum by former president Donald Trump and many of his top supporters.

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The messages show that former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and his acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue both rejected the idea of the department being used to investigate conspiracy theories, including Trump’s and his supporters craziest claims, like those that claimed people in Italy had used satellites to change votes from Trump to Biden.

The emails show that then-Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows sent Rosen a link to a YouTube video that outlined Italy’s purported satellite plot. Rosen forwarded it to Donoghue, who said it “pure insanity.”

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Rosen also rejected Meadows’ request the DOJ review alleged signature match anomalies in the Georgia elections.

Writing to Donoghue, Rosen asked “Can you believe this?” before adding “I am not going to respond to the message below.”

Also revealed in the emails is that Rosen sharply refused to meet with Rudy Giuliani, the former Trump attorney who was one of the biggest pushers of false claims about how Dominion Voting Systems rigged the election in favor of Joe Biden.

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Rosen said in one email, about meeting with Giuliani:

“I flatly refused, said I would not be giving any special treatment to Giuliani or any of his ‘witnesses,’ and re-affirmed yet again that I will not talk to Giuliani about any of this.”

New York Democrat Carolyn Maloney, the House Oversight Chairwoman, sent letters to Meadows, Donoghue, Clark and other DOJ officials on Tuesday asking for their testimony before the committee. In a statement, she said that the emails show that Trump “tried to corrupt our nation’s chief law enforcement agency in a brazen attempt to overturn an election that he lost.”

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Meadows would not answer when asked by CNN whether it was appropriate for him to be emailing Rosen regarding claims of voter fraud and the 2020 Presidential election:

“I’ll let you answer that. Obviously I’m not going to comment on anything that may or may not have happened.”

He also ignored the question about if he would testify before the oversight committee.


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