The New York Times reports:
The Justice Department’s top leaders listened in stunned silence this month: One of their peers, they were told, had devised a plan with President Donald J. Trump to oust Jeffrey A. Rosen as acting attorney general and wield the department’s power to force Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results.
The unassuming lawyer who worked on the plan, Jeffrey Clark, had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians.
Because Mr. Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark.
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Democracy was a hair’s width away from falling in this malign Trump plot to seize DOJ power & unseat Georgia officials. Republicans must show spine & break silent complicity—& vote to convict. https://t.co/YKcqXhaFTt
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) January 23, 2021
If this doesn’t convince the Senate to convict, nothing will. This silent coup attempt was the precursor to the January 6 violent coup attempt. And the only place Mr. Clark should ever be allowed to practice law again is inside a federal prison. https://t.co/zdjhRAtW4i
— Michael R. Bromwich (@mrbromwich) January 23, 2021
Days before inciting failed physical attack on Congress, Trump plotted another kind of insurrection…this time against the Attorney General. Different weapons, same intent: illegally remain in power.
For colleagues still on the fence on impeachment 👀 https://t.co/dssUtVonvs
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) January 23, 2021
Evidence growing of how the deposed President secretly schemed from the White House to destroy our sacred American democracy.
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 23, 2021
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) January 23, 2021