A Friday afternoon New York Times bombshell report stating that former president Donald Trump demanded Justice Department officials simply claim the 2020 presidential election was 'corrupt" and then 'leave the rest to him" has critics of Trump calling for his arrest.
The report from the Times' Katie Benner is based upon contemporaneous notes from Richard P. Donoghue taken during a phone call on Dec. 27 as Trump pushed acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen to intercede on his behalf in a futile effort to stay in power.
Quoting Trump, Donoghue reportedly wrote, "Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me."
Reacting to the report, commenters on Twitter -- including some Constitutional law experts -- called the president's comments a smoking gun that should lead to his prosecution. You can see some of their comments below:
Today’s blockbuster report adds to the evidence that Donald Trump pressured the Department of Justice to help him o… https://t.co/iZRNsW8xeR— Noah Bookbinder (@Noah Bookbinder) 1627659097.0
"'Just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me' & to congressional allies, [Deputy Acting AG Richard] D… https://t.co/lacRV92hQC— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1627659490.0
George Conway has been and is right on this. Many suffer from Trump-crime-fatigue, but this one is clear and huge… https://t.co/a41omPrUB5— Ryan Goodman (@Ryan Goodman) 1627660350.0
Trump pushed the DOJ to "just say that the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me." He tried to usurp our d… https://t.co/sytXrIvK98— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1627660656.0
ROTTEN TO THE CORE: “Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me” and congressional allies, DOJ o… https://t.co/J2YwXVlVz8— Christine Pelosi (@Christine Pelosi) 1627661067.0