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Bombshell: Trump Called Acting A.G. Obsessively Demanding Fraud, Committee Can Now Subpoena Notes
Bill Barr is as despicable a human being as one can run across. We cannot prove it, but we believe that Barr did more to wipe out American democracy than any single individual not named Donald Trump between the years 2018 and 2020. Barr let Flynn off the hook, he sat and watched Stone get a sentence commuted, all because they were the president’s friends with knowledge too dangerous to let walk around, something unthinkable in the past.
But Barr did do one thing, perhaps knowing that it would be the only thing history might remember – if he did it right – or perhaps believing it might be the only thing that kept him out of prison, if they all did it wrong. Barr announced that he found no significant fraud in the 2020 election prior to going to meet Trump. Barr wanted it complete. He wanted it done. He didn’t want to hear what would happen to him if he didn’t find something. He outsmarted Trump.
The moment Barr resigned, Jeffery Rosen took his place as Acting-Attorney General. Trump became obsessed, according to the Washington Post, with finding some kind of fraud, something – anything, to which Trump could point. Trump knew that if he found anything, he’d have 50 senators with him and then it would be chaos. So he called Rosen, every day, or nearly every day.
Trump was out of control:
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The personal pressure campaign, which has not been previously reported, involved repeated phone calls to acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen in which Trump raised various allegations he had heard about and asked what the Justice Department was doing about the issue,” reported Josh Dawsey and Devlin Barrett. “Rosen told few people about the phone calls, even in his inner circle. But there are notes of some of the calls that were written by a top aide to Rosen, Richard Donoghue.”
“Acting attorney general.” Remember, Trump went to great measures to put his people in place just in case a scenario such as this arose. He needed loyalists to steal an election and he thought he could steal it. But Rosen knew that Barr already made the announcement. Rosen had to be very careful, he couldn’t just “declare” something weird came up, or he could’ve ended up in jail himself.
OH! And those notes that Donoghue took? They will be very interesting reading if subpoenaed by the House investigation, which – given the Post report, now almost surely will be.
Rosen and Donoghue could be questioned about the conversations by congressional committees examining Trump’s actions in the days after the election,” continued the report. “The Justice Department recently notified Rosen, Donoghue and others who were serving there during the end of Trump’s presidency that the agency would not seek to invoke executive privilege if they are asked about their contacts with the president during that period.
Yesterday we reported on the impact that the DOJ’s determination would have. Administration officials were not bound by executive privilege. That finding will have the biggest impact within the DOJ itself. If the Committee calls Rosen and he chooses to abide by the DOJ’s ruling (though Trump will attempt to stop him), he will be free to talk about Trump obsessively calling him to find “fraud.” And, the committee can ask to see the notes. Rosen could be the star witness, one that brings Trump down. DOJ cannot ignore a crime committed right in front of its own acting A.G.
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