DOJ employees under investigation for potential attempts to alter election results

by Jenny Mount · Jan 26th, 2021 2:34 pm
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Last Updated Jan 27th, 2021 at 3:49 pm

The Department of Justice Inspector General's Office is conducting an investigation into current and former DOJ employees who may have attempted to alter the 2020 presidential election results.

"The investigation will encompass all relevant allegations that may arise that are within the scope of the OIG's jurisdiction," said Inspector General Michael Horowitz, clarifying that this jurisdiction "does not extend to allegations against other government officials."

A source familiar with the probe said former President Donald Trump worked with certain Justice Department officials in an attempt to replace then-acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen with someone who would be interested in helping overturn the election results.

According to the report, Trump and DOJ attorney Jeffrey Clark discussed replacing Rosen with Clark. Their plan was to pressure Georgia into overturning the results of the election in that state by sending a letter to lawmakers that claimed they were investigating voter fraud allegations, prompting the results to be tossed.

Trump reportedly decided not to pursue the plan after being advised against it by White House counsel Pat Cippollone.

Clark claims that details of his talks with Trump had been distorted and that he was never involved in a plan to remove Rosen.

"There was a candid discussion of options and pros and cons with the president," Clark said. "It is unfortunate that those who were part of a privileged legal conversation would comment in public about such internal deliberations, while also distorting any discussions."


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