Trump tries (and fails) to defend urging the Justice Dept to lie

What's amazing about the former president's response to the Justice Department revelations is that it failed to include anything resembling a denial.

8/3/2021 2:32:00 AM

.MaddowBlog: What's amazing about the former president's response to the Justice Department revelations is that it failed to include anything resembling a denial.

What's amazing about the former president's response to the Justice Department revelations is that it failed to include anything resembling a denial.

BySteve BenenAccording to materials released late last week by the House Oversight Committee, Donald Trump had a meeting of great historical significance on Dec. 27, 2020. Desperate to overturn the results of the election he lost, the then-presidentprivately urged

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Jeffrey Rosen, his acting attorney general, and his deputy, Richard Donoghue, to declare that the election was corrupt.The Justice Department's top two officials at the time knew there was no evidence to substantiate such an assertion, but Trump nevertheless

pressed Rosen and Donoghue to lie."Just say that the election was corrupt [and] leave the rest to me" and to the White House's Republican allies in Congress, Donoghue wrote in his notes, quoting Trump.The day after the materials reached the public, the former president issued headtopics.com

a statementresponding to the revelations, insisting that from his perspective, they don't show him"attempting to overturn the election.""In fact, it is just the opposite. The documents were meant to uphold the integrity and honesty of elections and the sanctity of our vote. The American People want, and demand, that the President of the United States, its chief law enforcement officer in the country, stand with them to fight for Election Integrity and to investigate attempts to undermine our nation."

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