Former President Donald Trump tried desperately to cling to power after Joe Biden curb-stomped him in both the popular and electoral vote. And even to this day, over eight months since the election, Trump is still trying to claim victory over the race he handily lost. The New York Times reports how hard Trump tried to stay in power, and it smacks of corruption. And yet, none of this is surprising coming from the twice-impeached one-term president.
According to the outlet, late last year, Trump pressed top Justice Department officials to declare that the election was corrupt even though the DOJ had found no instances of widespread fraud. Trump wanted them to declare that the election was corrupt for the now-former president and his allies in Congress to overturn the presidential election results.
“The demands were an extraordinary instance of a president interfering with an agency that is typically more independent from the White House to advance his personal agenda,” the outlet reports. “They are also the latest example of Mr. Trump’s wide-ranging campaign during his final weeks in office to delegitimize the election results.”
“The exchange unfolded during a phone call on Dec. 27 in which Mr. Trump pressed the acting attorney general at the time, Jeffrey A. Rosen, and his deputy, Richard P. Donoghue, on voter fraud claims that the department had disproved,” the report continues. “Mr. Donoghue warned that the department had no power to change the outcome of the election. Mr. Trump replied that he did not expect that, according to notes Mr. Donoghue took memorializing the conversation.”
“Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me” and to congressional allies, Mr. Donoghue wrote in summarizing Mr. Trump’s response.
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Jim Jordan might have some explaining to do.
“Mr. Trump did not name the lawmakers,” the report continues, “but at other points during the call he mentioned Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, whom he described as a “fighter”; Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, who at the time promoted the idea that the election was stolen from Mr. Trump; and Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, whom Mr. Trump praised for “getting to bottom of things.”
“The Justice Department provided Mr. Donoghue’s notes to the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is investigating the Trump administration’s efforts to unlawfully reverse the election results,” the report adds.
The election, of course, was not stolen. There is literally zero proof to back that up, but Trump’s narcissistic brain can’t handle defeat — even if it burns this country to the ground. “You guys may not be following the internet the way I do,” Trump said, according to the report. I suppose Trump thinks that Twitter is a sound source to back up his wackadoodle claims. What a terribly flawed human being. Trump’s big lie of widespread voter fraud that doesn’t exist led to the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. He would have done anything, except his job, to stay in the White House.
You can read the full report here.
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