Rosen took up his position in the last weeks of Trump’s presidency after William Barr resigned with effect on December 23, 2020, rather than using the department to prosecute Trump’s false claims, which were rejected by several courts, election officials and his own administration. .
“Today’s report shows the American people how close we were to a constitutional crisis,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin.
Sir. Rosen told the committee that Mr. Trump opened a meeting with him by saying, “One thing we know is that you, Rosen, will not do anything to overthrow the election.”
Sir. Trump also asked Mr. Clark if he would be willing to take over as acting attorney general, the report said, adding that Clark passed this message to Mr. Rosen.
“Rosen reminded Clark that he had not yet decided whether he would accept Trump’s offer, would conduct a ‘due diligence’ on certain election fraud claims and could reject the offer if he determined that Rosen and (Rosen’s deputy, Richard Donoghue ) was right that there was no corruption, “the report states.
The report also found that Clark sought to attend a meeting with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to ask about a baseless conspiracy theory that a Dominion voting device “had access to the Internet via a smart thermostat.”
Clark pushed for a letter to Georgia calling for a special legislative meeting to contest the election results, the report said. The request was denied.
Sir. Clark’s efforts ultimately failed after all of the department’s remaining senior management threatened to step down in protest if Clark was deployed.
Sir. Durbin said the committee has asked Mr Clark to testify.
Thursday’s report also includes new details about how former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tried to persuade Rosen to launch “at least four categories of false election demands” in places like Fulton County, Georgia and New Mexico.
The Republicans in the committee released their own report, which drew different conclusions.
“The available evidence shows that President Trump did what we would expect a president to do on an issue of this importance: He listened to his senior advisers and followed their advice and recommendations,” said leader Charles Grassley.