WASHINGTON – The Trump White House began to privately pressure then-Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen to look at baseless allegations of voter fraud just before he was about to step in as acting head of the Justice Department in December — and even as then-Attorney General William Barr had publicly acknowledged the agency had found no evidence of widespread fraud that would've changed the results of the election.

A trove of emails released Tuesday by the House Oversight and Reform Committee show a persistent pressure campaign in the days leading up to Jan. 6, when former President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to keep Congress from counting state-certified Electoral College votes. The emails also show how top Justice Department officials, unconvinced about the merits of the voter fraud allegations, resisted calls from the White House to investigate the claims.

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