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Probe begins into thwarted Justice Department 'coup' to keep Trump in power

Added 01-26-21 11:11:02am EST - “The Justice Department's inspector general announced Monday that he had started an investigation into whether current or former officials in the department had engaged in an "improper attempt" to overturn the 2020 presidential election…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Probe begins into thwarted Justice Department 'coup' to keep Trump in power”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Justice Department’s inspector general announced Monday that he had started an investigation into whether current or former officials in the department had engaged in an “improper attempt” to overturn the 2020 presidential election to keep Donald Trump in power.

“The DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is initiating an investigation into whether any former or current DOJ official engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election. The investigation will encompass all relevant allegations that may arise that are within the scope of the OIG’s jurisdiction. The OIG has jurisdiction to investigate allegations concerning the conduct of former and current DOJ employees.”

On Friday, the New York Times reported that a Justice Department official, Jeffrey Clark, then serving as an assistant attorney general, had discussed a plan with the president to oust acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and replace him with Clark. In the days leading up to the certification of Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, the Times reported, Trump pressured Rosen, unsuccessfully, to find a pretext to disqualify Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia.

Rosen had been tapped in December to replace Attorney General William Barr, who had resigned after falling out of favor with Trump over his refusal to pursue Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud. In a Dec. 1 interview with the Associated Press, Barr disputed Trump’s claims that the election had been “stolen” from him. Barr also made clear that he would not use the power of the DOJ to try to help overturn the election results.

“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the AP.

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