Donald Trump’s contacts with the Department of Justice, as testified to today, Thursday, June 23rd, will be some of the strongest evidence of sedition against the United States should the DOJ ever charge him.
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen testified that Donald Trump called him virtually every day from December 23 until January 3rd. Trump wanted a letter signed saying that the DOJ had found fraud and Trump was angry that the DOJ had “not done enough” to find fraud. Trump wanted a special counsel appointed for the specific purpose of finding election fraud. Trump wanted a lawsuit filed with the SCOTUS (Which is not possible, it does not have original jurisdiction). Trump also said that the Department had an “obligation” to declare the election fraudulent. The testimony was that at every point Trump was agitated and insisted that he won the election.
Rosen testified that “the Justice Department declined” to issue the letter finding fraud because the request was inconsistent with the facts and law as found by the Department of Justice itself. Moreover, though former Acting Attorney General Rosen did not testify to this point, Donald Trump was submitting daily requests as if the Department of Justice was his private attorney and not the Department that represents the country. Trump had every right to demand his own campaign attorneys find this “fraud” and file these cases. He did not have the right to use the Department of Justice. Trump even used Jeffery Clark, the head of the DOJ Environmental Division, who would have no business in investigating anything but environmental issues, obviously. But Trump did not care. He wanted DOJ, anyone at DOJ, to act as his attorney.
Though AG Barr did the right thing in denying fraud occurred, and Rosen held firm, Trump had gotten used to using the DOJ as his own law firm. Had Barr refused to act as such from day one, Trump likely would not have made the attempts.
Regardless, getting back to the testimony, Trump continued to put pressure on DOJ. The Committee has already proven that Trump knew there had been no fraud in the election and yet the pressure continued. Rosen’s testimony could not have been clearer:
Former acting AG Jeffrey Rosen testifies that Trump contacted him nearly every day after Barr’s December 2020 resignation to demand DOJ investigate his claims of election fraud pic.twitter.com/dreU4041ad
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 23, 2022
So at that point, Donald Trump is demanding that a department of the United States government join his conspiracy and commit sedition. This is simply devastating.
Additionally, as if the matter needed greater impact, the Committee made sure to produce evidence as to the damage Trump’s actions on the country as a whole:
Kinzinger plays a clip of Trump’s interview with Maria Bartiromo on November 29, 2020, in which he called the FBI and DOJ “missing in action” in investigating his election lies pic.twitter.com/TtqAWZYNTR
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 23, 2022
Though it has yet to be determined whether or not the DOJ will charge Trump with Sedition against the United States, this would be some of the most critical evidence in such a case. Donald Trump was fighting his own government, seeking its own justice, in following the Constitution. One will not find a clearer definition of sedition.
Jason Miciak believes a day without learning is a day not lived. He is a political writer, features writer, author, and attorney. He is a Canadian-born dual citizen who spent his teen and college years in the Pacific Northwest and has since lived in seven states. He now enjoys life as a single dad of a young girl, writing from the beaches of the Gulf Coast. He loves crafting his flower pots, cooking, while also studying scientific philosophy, religion, and non-math principles behind quantum mechanics and cosmology. Please feel free to contact for speaking engagements or any concerns.