Startling New Senate Report Says Trump Whined In Oval Office Meeting That Acting Attorney General Wouldn’t “Do Anything To Overturn The Election”

It just gets worse and worse.

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A new report from The Daily Beast details just how far former President Donald Trump went to overturn the November election after he was defeated by Joe Biden in the electoral and popular vote. And this happened days before the deadly January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. On January 3, Trump reportedly opened an Oval Office meeting by complaining to acting attorney general Jeffrey A. Rosen that he was doing nothing to help him “overturn” his election defeat to Joe Biden.

“The extraordinary claim was made by former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen in an interim report released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning,” the outlet reports. “It concludes that Trump and his top aides repeatedly put pressure on Justice Department officials to endorse his election conspiracy theories and help him reverse the result.”

“In one particularly egregious example, Rosen recalled that Trump opened an Oval Office meeting on the evening of January 3 by complaining to the gathered officials: “One thing we know is you, Rosen, aren’t going to do anything to overturn the election.” The meeting would end with several DOJ officials and White House counsel Pat Cipollone threatening to quit if Trump attempted to replace Rosen with a MAGA loyalist,” the report continues.


“Overall, the interim report lists nine calls and meetings with Rosen and Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue between mid-December and early January, during which Trump asked for help in his mission to overturn the election and remain in the White House,” the outlet reports.

The interim report is pretty damning, concluding, “Beginning on the day former Attorney General William Barr announced his resignation and continuing almost until the January 6 insurrection, Trump directly and repeatedly asked DOJ’s acting leadership to initiate investigations, file lawsuits on his behalf, and publicly declare the 2020 election ‘corrupt.'”

“Of the nine meetings and calls, two of them happened on one manic day— Jan. 3—when Trump had become obsessed on the idea of ditching Rosen and installing loyalist Jeffrey Clark as acting attorney general,” the report adds.

Several Justice Department officials and White House counsel Pat Cipollone ended the meeting with threats to resign if Trump replaced Rosen with Clark.

Incredibly, the twice-impeached former president is still trying to overturn the election results after being defeated over eleven months ago. Without evidence, Trump releases statements daily claiming that the election was rigged even though the courts have rejected this over 60 times now. Trump will never let this go, even if his big lie destroys this country.

You can read the full report here.

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