Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said that over roughly 12 days in late December 2020 and early January 2021, former President Trump contacted him nearly every single day to voice his displeasure with the Department of Justice.
“Between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3, the President either called me or met with me virtually every day with one or two exceptions like Christmas Day,” Rosen said during the hearing.
While the communication was mainly about his dissatisfaction with the DOJ, Trump also brought up a number of other requests.
“The common element of all of this was the President expressing his dissatisfaction that the Justice Department, in his view, had not done enough to investigate election fraud. But at different junctures, other topics came up at different intervals. So, at one point, he had raised the question of having a special counsel for election fraud. At a number of points, he raised requests that I meet with his campaign counsel, Mr. [Rudy] Giuliani. At one point, he raised whether the Justice Department would file a lawsuit in the Supreme Court,” he said.
“At a couple of junctures, there were questions about making public statements or about holding a press conference. At one of the later junctures was this issue of sending a letter to state legislatures in Georgia or other states,” he continued.
Rosen added even before he had officially become acting attorney general on Dec. 23, the President had asked Rosen and his deputy, Richard Donoghue, to go to the White House to meet with him.
Rosen’s testimony underscored the intensity of Trump’s pressure campaign as he attempted to enlist the Justice Department to aid in his efforts to overturn the election.
The DOJ declined all those requests because “we did not think that they were appropriate based on the facts and the law as we understood them,” Rosen said.
CNN’s Jeremy Herb contributed to this post.
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