Former President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that he did nothing wrong in the aftermath of the 2020 election, hours after a pair of reports indicated the Justice Department was looking into his efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.
“Just more disinformation by the Democrats, like the Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, the long running Mueller Report, which ended in No Collusion, and so much more,” Trump began a series of posts on his Truth Social platform. “Now that we have found the answers to these crooked, election changing events, why is the Justice Department not prosecuting those responsible? Plenty of time left!”
Late Tuesday, the Washington Post and New York Times reported that investigators are asking witnesses about their conversations with the 45th president, his lawyers and other allies — with the focus on a plot to submit slates of electors pledged to Trump in battleground states won by Biden.
The DOJ’s reported inquiries do not mean Trump himself is the subject or target of any criminal investigation, though Attorney General Merrick Garland has declined to rule out charging the former president with inciting last year’s Capitol riot.
“We intend to hold everyone, anyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding Jan. 6, for any attempt to interfere with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another, accountable,” Garland told “NBC Nightly News” Tuesday. “That’s what we do.”
“People forget, this is all about a Rigged and Stolen Election,” Trump wrote Wednesday. “But rather than go after the people that Rigged and Stole it, they go after the people that are seeking Honesty and Truth, and have Freedom of Speech, and many other defenses, on their side! Justice Department should look at The Crime of the Century. Evidence is massive and irrefutable!!!”
Following the 2020 election, the Justice Department did look into Trump’s claims of massive election fraud.
On Dec. 1 of that year, then-Attorney General William Barr said the department was unable to find evidence that backed the allegations.
Still, Trump and his allies — such as his personal lawyer Rudy Guilani — insisted for weeks that the election was illegitimate, while failing to provide evidence that it actually was.
Barr has since revealed he believed Trump was “detached from reality” as he pushed the claims.
On Wednesday, the former president also defended phone calls he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff early last year, in which Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” 11,870 votes so he could overcome Biden’s margin and win the Peach State.
“The Georgia phone calls were PERFECT,” Trump insisted.
“Many people and lawyers, on both sides, were knowingly on the one call, I assumed the call was taped, there were Zero complaints or angry ‘how dare you’ charges made during the call, and no ‘hang ups’ by anyone aggrieved or insulted at what was said. THEY WERE PERFECT CALLS.
“I was just doing my job as President, and seeking Fairness and the Truth,” he continued. “The Election was Rigged and Stolen!”
The Jan. 2, 2021 phone call came under the spotlight last month after Raffensperger testified before the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot.
During the hearing, the panel played a series of audio clips from the call, in which Trump alleged Georgia officials would find people “shredding ballots, because they have to get rid of the ballots, because the ballots are unsigned, the ballots are corrupt … which is totally illegal, it’s more illegal for you than it is for them, because you know what they did and you aren’t reporting it.”
“You know, that’s a criminal offense, and you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you,” Trump told Raffensperger.
When the Georgia secretary of state insisted that the vote count was accurate, Trump ignored him.
“Why wouldn’t you want to find the right answer, Brad?” the former president asked, adding that “everyone’s going to look very good if the truth comes out.”
“The real truth is I won by 400,000 votes at least,” Trump continued.
“So what are we going to do here? … I only need 11,000 votes,” he said. “Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break.”
Trump’s social media rant came one day after he appeared in Washington for the first time since leaving office.
In a keynote address at the America First Policy Institute’s two-day summit, he repeated his claims of a fraud-ridden election, while hinting at a third run for the White House.
“I ran the first time and I won. Then I ran a second time and I did much better. We got millions and millions more votes … We may just have to do it again,” Trump said.
“It was a catastrophe, that election. A disgrace to our country,” he added.