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CREW calls on Justice to investigate Trump, Meadows for 'weaponizing' elections

The Hill
The Hill
 2021-07-29
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A top ethics watchdog is calling on the Justice Department to open an investigation into former President Trump and his one-time chief of staff Mark Meadows , saying the two tried to “weaponize” the department as part of a larger campaign to overturn the 2020 election results.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday requesting a probe that looks into whether Trump and Meadows tried to pressure the Justice Department into reversing the electoral vote.

“We request that you investigate whether former President Trump and former White House Chief of Staff Meadows violated multiple criminal laws by engaging in a pressure campaign to coerce Justice Department officials to misuse the powers of their office to try to swing the election in Trump’s favor,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder wrote in the letter.

The group is alleging that Trump and Meadows violated criminal law and provisions of the Hatch Act, citing newly released emails and news reports that “appear to demonstrate that President Trump and Mr. Meadows illegally pressured senior DOJ officials to pursue politically motivated, frivolous election fraud investigations and file a baseless legal complaint in the United States Supreme Court as part of a conspiracy to deprive American citizens of their right to vote and have their votes counted.”

The letter from Bookbinder cites an email sent by Trump’s assistant to Jeffrey Rosen, who later became acting attorney general, that included claims of voting irregularities in a Michigan county, and calls from Trump’s team for the Justice Department to file a lawsuit with the Supreme Court to overturn the election.

The letter also referenced an email where Meadows asked the DOJ to look into "allegations of wrongdoing" in Georgia.

On the Hatch Act, Bookbinder said Trump and Meadows illegally pressured and attempted to coerce top Department of Justice (DOJ) officials to “advance a partisan political agenda while abusing the official authority of their high offices to affect the outcome of a federal election.”

Bookbinder also mentioned the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, contending that the supposed illegal acts committed by Trump and Meadows “were part of a broader conspiracy and pattern of conduct aimed at undermining the democratic process that culminated in the seditious attack on the United States Capitol.”

The Hill has reached out to Trump and Meadows for comment.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee released a trove of new documents last month that detailed efforts by Trump and his allies to pressure the DOJ to support his unproven claims of election fraud.

The committee is conducting an investigation into those efforts, as well as events that led to the Jan. 6 attack.

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Raheam22
07-29

Ya know I'm actually glad that Trump won in 2016. Because of him, we've seen the importance of voting and pretty much vowed never to allow someone like him back in again. We see the vulnerabilities of Washington and made corrections, secured our election so that Trump's daddy can't interfere anymore. Trump is like a bad boyfriend. You find out quickly that he's a piece of 💩 and immediately dump him for someone better. Lesson learned. 🇺🇲🇺🇲

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Peanut61
07-29

ppl needs to quit crying about gas going up, gas goes up and then down, up and then down, it doesn't matter who is president

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Viva Satire!!
07-29

Donald Trump: Will go down in American History as the least Honest and Patriotic President.

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