Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday that an ongoing congressional investigation of President Donald Trump’s last days in office has found him to have been deeply involved with the Justice Department in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” a day after former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen testified privately before a congressional panel, Durbin, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he had learned “how directly, personally involved the president was, the pressure he was putting on Jeffrey Rosen.”
“It was real, very real. And it was very specific,” the Illinois Democrat said.
“This president’s not subtle when he wants something, the former president. He is not subtle when he wants something. And I think it’s a good thing for America that we had a person like Rosen in that position, who stood — withstood the pressure.”
“It really is important that we ask these questions, because what was going on in the Department of Justice was frightening, from a constitutional point of view,” Durbin said. “To think that Bill Barr left, resigned after he had announced he didn’t see irregularities in the election, and then his replacement was under extraordinary pressure from the president [of] the United States, even to the point where they were talking about replacing him.”
We came within a hair’s breadth of destroying American democracy.