The public needs to know how involved the Department of Justice was in former president Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the election. On May 12, 2021, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform hosted a hearing on the January 6th insurrection, which included testimony from former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. Rosen skirted a number of questions about his communications with Trump about Trump’s attempts to overturn the election, and his failures in transparency have undermined public trust in the DOJ. 

CREW has requested records on communications between Rosen and Trump, or any representatives of Trump, that might reveal the extent of the DOJ’s involvement in Trump’s attempts to overturn the election. 

Rosen served as AG Bill Barr’s Deputy Attorney General and assumed the Acting AG position after Barr resigned in December 2020. This means that Rosen was complicit in Barr’s repeated use of the DOJ for the benefit of Trump, including protecting Trump’s friends and allies and attacking perceived enemies to further Trump’s personal and political agendas.

The public needs to know the role the DOJ may have played in Trump’s attempts to overturn the election. Since Rosen refused to answer direct questions from Congress, this investigation will provide much needed transparency about his involvement in Trump’s anti-democratic efforts.

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