Trump tries to defend 'just say the election was corrupt' demand - 2021-07-31
Donald Trump insisted on Saturday that when he told senior justice department officials to "Just say that the election was corrupt (and) leave the rest to me", he was not attempting to subvert US democracy, but to "uphold the integrity and honesty of elections and the sanctity of our vote".
The former president's restatement of his lie that his defeat by Joe Biden was the result of electoral fraud came a day after Washington was rocked by news of his December call with acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and Richard Donoghue, a senior DoJ official.
Trump's pressure on federal and state officials to overturn his national defeat and state losses to Biden has been well documented. Cases mounted by his campaign claiming electoral fraud were repeatedly thrown out of court.