Jeffrey Clark, head of the civil division of the Department of Justice, suggested to Perry Dono that the 2020 election should be more involved in dealing with the DOJ. Trump later considered Clark an alternative to the Acting Attorney General, and Clark was very sympathetic to allegations of voter fraud that proved to be baseless.
Donoge, for his part, said he could also send information about the election administration process to Congress, but that the department did not find ways to change the consequences of fraud.
This chapter is one of many of the findings described in the nearly 400-page interim report of the tribunal on the eight – month investigation into Trump’s attempts to push the DOJ to interfere in the 2020 election.
The report points out that the House Freedom Caucus, which has close ties to Trump, played a serious role in helping the President’s strategy on ways to minimize Joe Biden’s victory. But the report notes that Perry, more than any other Republican, played a direct role in helping Trump establish trust in the judiciary, which could undermine the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory.
Perry’s office did not immediately send a request for comment in the presence of Congress on the Senate Judiciary report.
The Senate Judiciary Democrats are nominating a House select committee to attack Perry on Jan. 6 and two other key figures: the Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano and Trump campaign lawyer Cleta Mitchell.
“These relations guarantee further investigation into the best possible place for Trump’s efforts to thwart the presidential election in the wake of the January 6 uprising,” the Justice report concludes. “Since the events of January 6 are beyond the immediate scope of the Commission’s inquiry, this report is provided to assist the Home Selection Committee and the public on their investigation into the January 6 attack.”
The Jan. 6 select committee indicated that Republican lawmakers are eager to pursue evidence and testimony about Trump’s role in the attack on Capitol. But lawmakers rarely turn their intelligence powers over to their own colleagues, and create significant barriers for investigators when entering this unnamed territory.
On a much broader scale, the Senate report confirms Trump’s serious attempt to include his judiciary in pressuring state and local officials to override the election results. Details of the attempt are still being discovered, and the judiciary continues its work with other congressional panels, but Thursday’s report describes how often Trump flirted with key officials overseeing election-related investigations.
“Today’s report shows how close we have come to the U.S. Constitutional crisis. Thanks to so many great Americans in the judiciary, Donald Trump has not been able to bend the sector to his liking,” Illinois Justice Sen. Dick Durbin said in a statement.
Clark was a key figure who proved the team could not be interviewed. According to the report, he did not accept the judicial request for a voluntary interview, and it is unclear whether Durbin wants to support him.
The report notes that Perry was instrumental in pushing Clark to replace Rosen in Trump’s DOJ.
The split between the group’s Republicans and Democrats will make it harder to support Clark, but the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack also examined the Department of Justice and interviewed Donoco on Friday. The Senate panel asks that the White House record from the National Archives be “not yet produced.”
Olivia Beavers contributed to this report.