Former Trump administration acting attorney general Jeff Rosen testified before senators behind closed doors for nearly seven hours on Saturday in a session focused on possible election interference, Fox News has learned.
Rosen appeared in person before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss any efforts then-President Donald Trump could have made to get the Justice Department to question the validity of the election results.
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Handwritten notes taken by Rosen’s number two Richard Donoghue and released by the House Oversight Committee on Friday show Trump told Justice Department officials to “just say the election was corrupt + let the rest to me and the members of Congress R. “.
Rosen then reportedly told Trump that the Justice Department “cannot + snap its fingers + change the outcome of the election.”
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“It doesn’t work like that,” he added.
The House Oversight Committee released the notes on Friday as part of its investigation into how the former president tried to overturn the election results by pushing corruption allegations.
Trump further urged officials to travel to Fulton County, Ga., To verify ballot signatures themselves.
“We have an obligation to tell people this was an illegal and corrupt election,” Trump said, according to the notes.
The chairman of the judiciary, Senator Dick Durbin, told CNN on Sunday that Rosen “had spoken to us a lot” and was “very open”. Without revealing details of what Rosen testified, Durbin predicted that “history will be very kind to Mr. Rosen when this is all over.”
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Rosen’s marathon session took place a day after he sat outside the Department of Justice’s inspector general’s office for two hours, The New York Times reported. According to the Times, Rosen discussed former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, a Trump loyalist who Rosen said had several unauthorized calls with Trump in which they discussed the Justice Department might put doubts the legitimacy of President Biden’s victory.
Kelly Phares, Caitlin McFall and Bill Mears of Fox News contributed to this report.
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