The chief of staff, Mark Meadows, allegedly lobbied the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate a series of conspiracy theories about alleged electoral fraud that would lead to Joe Biden’s victory.
In the final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, lobbied the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate a series of conspiracy theories about alleged election fraud that would lead to Joe Biden’s victory. This is what the New York Times revealed, based on emails delivered to Congress, specifying that among the baseless conspiracy theories, there was one circulating on far-right social media with the hashtag #Italygate. This bogus conspiracy theory argued that Italy would use military and satellite technology to remotely interfere with voting machines in the United States to divert Trump votes to Joe Biden. The
The five suspicious emails
In five emails sent between late December and early January, Meadows insistently asked Jeffrey Rosen, the interim attorney general after William Barr resigned in public protest with Trump over the challenge to the election results, to launch investigations into the Eatalygate case and other conspiracy theories that fueled the fire. . American extreme right forums in those weeks.
There is no evidence of Rosen’s acceptance
No emails show that Rosen actually agreed to the order to launch an investigation. In fact, the email addressed to another Justice Department official specifies that Rosen refused to arrange a meeting between the FBI and “a man who posted videos online to promote the Italygate conspiracy theory,” the Times wrote without giving details of this person’s identity.