The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has been hit with a lawsuit by a government watchdog group that is seeking information confirming that former US President, Donald Trump, had attempted to subvert the outcome of the 2020 election.
In the suit, the group, American Oversight, is seeking records relating to “former President Donald Trump’s reported pressure on the DOJ to support […] his allies’ attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.”
The lawsuit follows the unfulfillment of requests for documents that American Oversight had filed under the Freedom of Information Act.
The group is demanding communication records, including conversations involving former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who took over after Bill Barr had resigned towards the end of the Trump administration.
Allegedly, President Trump had “pressed Mr. Rosen to appoint special counsels, including one who would look into Dominion Voting Systems, a maker of election equipment that Mr. Trump’s allies had falsely said was working with Venezuela to flip votes from Mr. Trump” to Joe Biden.
No credible evidence of the allegation that Dominion fraudulently meddled in the election ever emerged, although at one point, Trump had claimed on Twitter that Dominion had deleted millions of votes in his favor from around the country.
According to the New York Times, besides the pressure to appoint special counsels, Trump also “wanted the Justice Department to file legal briefs supporting his allies’ lawsuits seeking to overturn his election loss.”
Allegedly, Trump also pressured Rosen through means including an in-person meeting with Rosen the day after Barr’s impending departure from the Justice Department was publicly revealed last December.
The Justice Department had largely declined Trump’s entreaties, but the then-president wasn’t the only one with proposals according to the New York Time. According to the paper, Jeffrey Clark, who was an ally of the then-president at the department, wanted the DoJ to hold a press conference “announcing that it was investigating serious accusations of election fraud,” although it was doing no such thing.
Donald Trump is already facing a criminal investigation from Atlanta-area District Attorney Fani Willis over his personal attempts to get Biden’s presidential election victory overturned in Georgia, which was one of the top targets for Republican lies about the 2020 presidential election.