Saturday, January 23, 2021

Trump considered ousting U.S. Attorney General and installing loyalist in push to overturn election


Emma Newburger
Published Sat, Jan 23 20211:34 PM ESTUpdated Sat, Jan 23 20212:11 PM EST

Former President Donald Trump earlier this month plotted to oust Jeffrey Rosen as acting attorney general and replace him with a Justice Department lawyer who would aid his efforts to overturn the presidential election results, The New York Times reported Friday.

The plan would have replaced Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, the lawyer who led the Justice Department’s civil division. Clark would have then supported Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud and put pressure on Georgia state officials to change the election outcome.

A Justice Department official familiar with the matter confirmed to NBC News the Times’ account of Trump’s efforts.

Trump’s plan ultimately didn’t materialize after Justice Department officials agreed during a conference call that they would resign if Rosen was dismissed, according to the Times.


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