Former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said that for approximately 12 days in late December 2020 and early January 2021, former President Trump contacted him almost daily to express his dissatisfaction with the Justice Department.
“Between December 23 and January 3, the president called or met with me virtually every day, with one or two exceptions like Christmas Day,” Rosen said during the hearing.
While the communication focused primarily on his dissatisfaction with the DOJ, Trump also raised a number of other demands.
“The common element in all of this was the president expressing his displeasure that the Justice Department, in his view, had not done enough to investigate voter fraud. But at different times, other topics surfaced. at different intervals. So at one point he had raised the issue of having a special advocate for election fraud. On several occasions he requested that I meet with his campaign attorney, Mr. [Rudy] Giulani. At one point he asked if the Department of Justice would take legal action to the Supreme Court,” he said.
“At times there have been questions about public statements or holding a press conference. At one of the later times there was this question of sending a letter to the state legislatures of Georgia or other states,” he continued.
Rosen added that even before he officially became acting attorney general on Dec. 23, the president asked Rosen and his deputy, Richard Donoghue, to come to the White House to meet with him.
Rosen’s testimony underscored the intensity of Trump’s pressure campaign as he tried to enlist the Justice Department to help him in his effort to void the election.
The DOJ denied all such requests because “we did not believe they were appropriate based on the facts and the law as we understood them,” Rosen said.
CNN’s Jeremy Herb contributed to this post.