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Former President Donald Trump had planned earlier this month to oust Jeffrey Rosen as acting attorney general and replace him with a Justice Department attorney who would support his efforts to reverse the presidential election results, the New York Times reported on Friday.
The plan would have replaced Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, the attorney who ran the Department of Justice’s civil division. Clark would then have backed Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud and put pressure on Georgia state officials to change the election result.
A Justice Department official familiar with the matter confirmed the Times’ report of Trump’s efforts to NBC News.
Trump’s plan ultimately failed to materialize after Justice Department officials agreed during a conference call that they would resign if Rosen was fired, the Times said.
Trump had asked Rosen to appoint special advisers to investigate his allegations of widespread electoral fraud and the Dominion voting machine company, but Rosen declined.
Trump tried to pressure Georgia’s top polling officer to “find the scam” in December when investigating alleged election fraud in Cobb County. Allegations that state officials believed were unfounded. Trump also called on Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes to postpone the election in his favor.
In a statement to the Times, Clark categorically denied that he had devised a plan to oust Rosen or to provide recommendations for action based on factual inaccuracies from the Internet.
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., on Saturday urged the Justice Department General’s Inspector General to open an investigation into Trump’s abandoned plot to appoint a loyalist as the acting attorney general.
“It is incomprehensible that a head of the Trump Justice Department would conspire to undermine the will of the people,” wrote Schumer in a tweet.
The House has accused Trump of instigating an anti-government riot on Jan. 6 after fatal unrest in the Capitol. His impeachment proceedings against the Senate are due to begin in the week of February 8th.
Read the full Times report here