Washington, United States:
Donald Trump was considering replacing then-acting US Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen with a Justice Department attorney who would help him force Georgian officials to overthrow the state’s election results, US media reported late Friday.
The New York Times said Trump only decided against the move when he was told that all remaining top Justice Department officials would step down en masse if the plan were carried out.
The news, also reported in the Washington Post, comes as Trump faces a Senate trial for “inciting insurrection” for his role in beating supporters with unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud before they stormed the US Capitol in early January .
Trump narrowly lost Georgia to Joe Biden in the November presidential election. At a vote that he said for no reason that it had been manipulated.
The reports describe Trump’s growing frustration with Rosen’s refusal to use the Justice Department’s power to interfere in the count.
He and Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department attorney who backed Trump’s allegations that the election had been stolen, reportedly had a plan to replace Rosen with Clark.
In a three-hour showdown with the three men, which officials in the New York Times quoted in comparison to an episode of Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” the then president resigned after being told that the move would lead to mass resignations would.
Clark categorically denied that he had devised a plan to crowd out roses, saying the reporting contained inaccuracies.
Trump, Rosen and the US Department of Justice did not respond publicly to the allegations.
In early January, a leaked tape pressuring Georgia’s foreign minister to “find” enough votes to push Trump over the defeat sent shock waves through Washington.
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