December 1, 2023

US President Donald Trump leaves the White House in Washington, DC, USA on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

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Before leaving office, former President Donald Trump tried to put high-level Justice Department officials under pressure to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, the House Oversight and Reform Committee said on Friday.

The committee cited handwritten notes from Richard Donoghue, then assistant attorney general, during a Dec. 27 phone call with Trump and former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen.

The notes show that Trump “directly directed our nation’s chief law enforcement agency to take steps in the final days of his presidency to overturn a free and fair election,” committee chairman Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., said in a press release.

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