A US House of Representatives committee said on Tuesday that Justice Department documents detail attempts by former President Donald Trump, his chief of staff and other allies to pressure the department to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee, which requested the records from the Justice Department, identified a series of attempts by Trump, his top aide Mark Meadows and a private attorney outside the administration to pressure the department to deal with the former Republican president’s false accusations about the election.
Trump’s representatives could not be reached for comment.
These documents come at a time when US lawmakers continue to investigate the attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol building on January 6 to try to obstruct the ratification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the elections.
The announcement of the documents came ahead of a committee hearing later on Tuesday, with FBI Director Christopher Wray, who testified before another House committee this month, and with General Charles Flynn, brother of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who also promoted Trump conspiracy theories about the election.
Trump refused to admit his defeat in the presidential election, and accused Democrats of stealing it, and his supporters stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to prevent ratification of his rival Joe Biden’s victory.