The following paragraphs are excised directly from the Senate Report, “Subverting Justice: How the Former President and his Allies Pressured DOJ to Overturn the 2020 Election.”

FINDING 1: President Trump repeatedly asked DOJ leadership to endorse his false claims that the election was stolen and to assist his efforts to overturn the election results. Beginning on the day former Attorney General William Barr announced his resignation and continuing almost until the January 6 insurrection, Trump directly

Former US President Donald Trump hosts the Holyfield vs Belford boxing match live with commentary at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida on September 11, 2021. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
Donald J. Trump, instigator of the plot to overturn the 2020 election and falsify the results in his favor.

and repeatedly asked DOJ’s acting leadership to initiate investigations, file lawsuits on his behalf, and publicly declare the  2020 election “corrupt. Documents and testimony confirm that Rosen, and in some cases other senior DOJ leaders, participated in several calls and meetings where Trump directly raised  discredited claims of election fraud and asked why DOJ was not doing more to address them.

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FINDING 2: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asked Acting Attorney

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29:  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows looks on as Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a meeting with Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, in preparation for her confirmation hearing, on September 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)
At right, Meadows, WH Chief of Staff who assisted Trump’s treachery in enlisting the DOJ to validate Trump’s bogus fraud claims.

General Rosen to initiate election fraud investigations on multiple occasions, violating longstanding restrictions on White HouseDOJ communications about specific lawenforcement matters. Meadows asked Rosen to have DOJ investigate at least four categories of false election fraud claims that Trump and his allies were pushing.

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FINDING 3: After personally meeting with Trump, Jeffrey Bossert Clark pushed  Rosen and Donoghue to assist Trump’s election subversion schemeand told Rosen he would decline Trump’s potential offer to install him as Acting Attorney General if Rosen agreed to aid that scheme. Clark pushed Rosen and Donoghue to publicly announce that DOJ was investigating election fraud and tell key swing state legislatures they should appoint alternate slates of electors following certification of the popular vote. He did so following personal communications with Trump, including at least one meeting that Clark attended in the  Oval Office without the knowledge of DOJ leadership.

Jeff Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks as Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, right, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, left, look on during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, September 14, 2020. - Automakers Daimler AG and subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA have agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the US government and California state regulators to resolve emissions cheating allegations. (Photo by Susan Walsh / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SUSAN WALSH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Jeffrey Clark, a Trump toady who actively aided the coup effort by attempting to subvert DOJ.

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FINDING 4: Trump allies with links to the “Stop the Steal” movement and the January 6 insurrection participated in the pressure campaign against DOJ. In addition to Trump White House officials, including the President himself, outside Trump allies with ties to the “Stop the Steal” movement and the January 6 insurrection also pressured DOJ to help overturn the election results. They included:
 

U.S. Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District, who led the objection to counting Pennsylvania’s electoral votes on the House floor in the
hours immediately following the January 6 insurrection. Perry has acknowledged introducing Clark to Trump, and documents and testimony confirm that he directly
communicated with Donoghue about his false Pennsylvania election fraud claims.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28:   House Homeland Security Committee's Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee Chairman Scott Perry (R-PA) holds a hearing about the possibility of  transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees out of Cuba and into the United States in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. A brigadier general in the U.S. Army, Perry said that the opinion of military leaders is invalid concerning the issue of Guantanamo because they are following President Barack Obama's orders. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Republican Scott Perry—Still a Congressman and a key facilitator of Trump’s pressure campaign against the DOJ.

Doug Mastriano, a Republican State Senator from Pennsylvania who participated in Rudy Giuliani’s socalled election fraud “hearings,” spent thousands of dollars from
his campaign account to bus people to the January 6 Save America Rally, and was present on the Capitol grounds as the insurrection unfolded. Documents show that, like Perry, Mastriano directly communicated with Donoghue about

his false election  fraud claims.

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FINDING 5: Trump forced the resignation of U.S. Attorney Byung Jin (“BJay”) Pak, whom he believed was not doing enough to address false claims of election fraud in Georgia. Trump then went outside the line of succession when naming an Acting U.S. Attorney, bypassing First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Erskine and instead appointing
Bobby Christine because he believed Christine would “do something” about his election fraud claims. U.S. Attorney Pak investigated and did not substantiate various claims of election fraud advanced by Trump and his allies, including false claims that a videotape showed suitcases of illegal ballots being tabulated at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena.

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FINDING 6: By pursuing false claims of election fraud before votes were certified, DOJ deviated from longstanding practice meant to avoid inserting DOJ itself as an issue in
the election. Prior to the 2020 general election, DOJ’s longstanding policy and practice was to avoid taking overt steps in election fraud investigations until after votes were certified, in order
to avoid inserting DOJ itself as an issue in the election. ThenAttorney General Barr weakened this decadeslong policy shortly before and after the 2020 election, including in a November 9, 2020 memo that directed prosecutors not to wait until after certification to investigate allegations of voting irregularities that “could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an  individual State.”

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: U.S. Attorney General William Barr arrives in the Rose Garden before President Donald Trump introduces 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, as his nominee to the court at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. With 38 days until the election, Trump tapped Barrett to be his third Supreme Court nominee in just four years and to replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
William Barr, AG of the United States, who laid the groundwork for affirming Trump’s false election claims

Consistent with this directive and following additional personal involvement
by Barr, DOJ took overt steps to investigate false claims of election fraud before certification in  one instance detailed to the Committeeand likely others.

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The Committee’s investigation to date underscores how Trump’s efforts to use DOJ as a means to overturn the election results was part of his interrelated efforts to retain the presidency by any means necessary. As has been welldocumented by other sources, Trump’s efforts to lay the foundation of the “Big Lie” preceded the general election by several months; Attorney General Barr inserted DOJ into that initial effort through various public remarks and actions prior to November 3, 2020 that cast doubt on voting by mail procedures implemented to facilitate exercise of the franchise during the worst public health crisis in a century.

Concurrent with Trump’s postelection attempts to weaponize DOJ, Trump also reportedly engaged in a separate and equally aggressive pressure campaign on Vice President Mike Pence to set aside the electoral votes of contested states. This “backup plan,” as it were, culminated on January 4one day after Clark’s final attempt to wrest control of DOJ from Rosen, and again in the Oval Officewhen Trump and outside attorney John Eastman attempted to convince Pence that he could circumvent the certification through a procedural loophole in the Electoral Count Act.7 All of these efforts, in turn, created the disinformation ecosystem necessary for Trump to incite almost 1,000 Americans to breach the Capitol in a violent attempt to subvert democracy by stopping the certification of a free and fair election.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Vice President Mike Pence listens as President Donald Trump talks to reporters at the US Capitol after attending the Senate Republicans weekly policy luncheon on March 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump said that lawmakers focused on the spread of the coronavirus and the state of the economy as markets react to the virus. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
Mike Pence aided the coup effort until it became obvious to him that it would not succeed.
 

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These people all betrayed their oaths, the nation, and its people through possibly the worst form of treachery imaginable, the deliberate attempt to overturn and falsify the results of a lawful and fair election.

As of this time, none of them has been brought to justice.

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