President Donald J. Trump stops to talk to reporters as he walks to Marine One and leaves the South Lawn near the White House.
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Former President Donald Trump had made a plan earlier this month to oust Jeffrey Rosen as acting Attorney General and replace him with a Justice Department attorney who would help his efforts to reverse the presidential election results. The New York Times reported Friday.
The plan is said to have replaced Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, the attorney who headed the civil division of the Justice Department. Clark would then have backed up the baseless allegations of voter fraud and put pressure on government officials in Georgia to change the election results.
A Justice Department official familiar with the matter confirmed NBC News the Times’ account of Trump’s efforts.
Trump’s plan ultimately did not materialize after Justice Department officials agreed in a conference call that they would resign if Rosen was fired, according to the Times.
Trump had urged Rosen to appoint special advisers to investigate his allegations of widespread electoral fraud, as well as the voting machine company Dominion, but Rosen declined.
Trump tried in December to pressure Georgia’s chief election investigator to “track down the fraud” in an investigation into alleged voting fraud in Cobb County, allegations that state officials said had no merit. Trump also urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find votes” to shift the election in his favor.
In a statement to the Times, Clark categorically denied having devised any plan to oust Rosen or make recommendations for action based on factual inaccuracies from the Internet.
The House has accused Trump of instigating an uprising against the government on Jan. 6 after deadly rioting in the Capitol. His trial against the Senate impeachment will begin the week of February 8.
Read the full Times report here