when “no comment” really means “yes”: previous guy's Acting AG discussed overturning election
In testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, former acting defense secretary Christopher Miller and former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, sought to defend their response to the deadly insurrection. This did not address the obvious positioning of them and others by previous guy to overturn election results.
Trump told his acting Secretary of Defense to use military force for what purpose?
Miller: Trump said “do whatever was necessary to protect the demonstrators that were executing their constitutionally protected rights.”
“The unassuming lawyer who worked on the plan, Jeffrey Clark, had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark.” The current claim is that the only action stopping Trump was a threat by DoJ officials to resign en masse.
Donald Trump's acting attorney general has refused to answer House committee members whether he discussed with the former president efforts to overturn or reject election results in the lead up to 6 January
When asked if Trump urged him to overturn the 2020 election results, Trump Admin Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen tells US House committee he won't answer. He says he won't speak of private conversations w/ former President. But acknowledges meeting w/ Trump on Jan 3.
Justice Department lawyer Jeffrey Clark and Mr Trump reportedly discussed removing Mr Rosen to use the agency to reject election results in Georgia, according to The New York Times.
Mr Rosen then reportedly sought a meeting with Mr Trump on 3 January, after the former president called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in an effort to pressure the state to pursue his false claims that Mr Trump received thousands of votes to win the state.
Asked earlier whether he believes the election was “stolen” from Mr Trump, as the former president continues to falsely insist, Mr Rosen said on Wednesday: “There was no evidence presented of widespread fraud of a sufficient scale to overturn the election.”
He claimed that he is not authorised, though it was unclear – as a former senior government official – who or what prevents him from answering committee questions.
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