The Trump administration pushed the Attorney General to investigate a bizarre conspiracy theory that Biden used Italian satellites to steal the election
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Trump's White House has promoted a bizarre conspiracy theory of electoral fraud involving Italian satellites.
Trump's chief of staff urged officials to investigate unfounded allegations of election fraud.
A Justice Department official described the conspiracy theory as "sheer madness."
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Donald Trump's administration pushed for an investigation into a bizarre conspiracy theory that states that President Joe Biden was using Italian satellites to steal the 2020 election, according to emails released by House Legislators this week.
The tranche of emails received by the House Oversight Committee describes repeated attempts by Trump officials to get the Justice Department to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud in order to overturn Biden's election victory - a move taken by the Department's leaders ultimately refused.
The documents show that Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, tried at least five times to pressure Justice Department officials to investigate various conspiracy theories suggesting Trump's election was stolen.
On December 30, Meadows emailed then-US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen an alleged conspiracy to manipulate American election data in Italian facilities.
The email was a translation of a document from a person in Italy who claimed to have "direct knowledge" of the act.
The person said that US election data was manipulated in Italian facilities in coordination with US intelligence officials of the CIA and then loaded onto "military satellites".
They claimed that the real data showed that Trump was "clearly" the winner of the election, a position they claimed has been confirmed by sources within Italian intelligence.
On January 1, Meadows emailed Rosen again about the conspiracy and provided a link to a YouTube video related to the conspiracy theory. Rosen forwarded the email to then Assistant Attorney General Richard Donoghue, who replied, "Sheer madness."
Meadows and Rosen eventually decided not to investigate the allegations of electoral fraud
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House oversight committee, said the documents showed that "President Trump has tried to corrupt our nation's chief law enforcement agency in a brazen attempt to overturn an election he lost.
"Those who supported or witnessed President Trump's illegal actions must answer the committee's questions about this attempted subversion of democracy," she said.
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