Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report
Former President Trump reportedly called his acting attorney general almost every day following his defeat in the 2020 presidential election in an attempt to push a probe into unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the conversations.
The Post reported that Trump called former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen nearly daily after former Attorney General William Barr stepped down from his post in late December. The calls to Rosen stopped following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, the newspaper reported.
Trump called Rosen to share claims of voter fraud and improper vote counts in the 2020 presidential election that led to his defeat. In sharing the claims, Trump asked Rosen what the Department of Justice (DOJ) could do about the issue, the Post reported.
Rosen did not promise any action in response and was noncommittal about the president’s claims, the Post reported.
“Trump was absolutely obsessed about it,” a person familiar with the conversations told the Post.
Rosen told Congress in May that he didn’t follow through with what Trump wanted, ensuring that no action took place at that time, the Post reported.
“During my tenure, no special prosecutors were appointed, whether for election fraud or otherwise; no public statements were made questioning the election; no letters were sent to State officials seeking to overturn the election results; [and] no DOJ court actions or filings were submitted seeking to overturn election results,” Rosen said.
The Hill has reached out to Trump’s office for comment. Rosen did not respond to requests for comment by the Post.