A new report released by the Senate Judiciary Committee provides new details regarding Donald Trump’s push to have Justice Department officials overturn the 2020 election.
According to the report, “Top Justice Department officials and White House lawyers made clear to then-President Donald Trump in early January that they would all resign” if Trump went forward with a plan to replace his acting attorney general with an ally who supported his efforts.
Top Justice Dept. officials and White House lawyers made clear to then-President Trump in January that they'd resign if Trump replaced his acting AG with an ally who was pushing to overturn the 2020 election, according to Senate Judiciary Cmte. report. https://t.co/iBjwkPdmHQ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 7, 2021
From NBC News:
The report outlines that Trump wanted to replace acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, the then-acting head of the department’s civil division, who devised a strategy with the president for the DOJ to intervene in Georgia’s appointment of presidential electors and to use this model in other states. Rosen and then-acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, however, rejected Clark’s proposal.
Donoghue said that the rest of the meeting involved “a wide-ranging conversation” focused on whether Trump should replace the DOJ’s leadership and install Clark in Rosen’s place, the report said. But during the meeting, the report said that Donoghue and Steven Engel, assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, conveyed to Trump that if he followed through on the threat, all of the assistant attorneys general would resign.
The report goes on to state that Donoghue told Trump there would most probably be even more mass resignations by U.S. attorneys and Justice Department officials.
Even White House counsel Pat Cipollone threatened to resign calling Trump’s plan a “murder-suicide pact,” per the report.
It wasn’t until the final 15 minutes of the 2-3 hour Oval Office meeting on January 3 that Trump reportedly let go of the idea.
Under the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 3, the conclusions of this Senate report clearly disqualify Donald Trump from ever holding public office again.https://t.co/9gBYMvAj5a
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) October 7, 2021
Just three days later, Trump encouraged his followers at a D.C. rally to march down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol and “fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,”
The new report is based on testimony from three former DOJ officials as well as documents and emails.
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BREAKING: damning new Senate Judiciary Committee report details then-President Donald Trump’s repeated efforts to enlist DOJ in his scheme to overturn the 2020 election. https://t.co/reEbcOdYK8
— Senate Judiciary Committee (@JudiciaryDems) October 7, 2021