Rep. From Pennsylvania Scott perryScott Gordon Perry Democrats to fine unmasked lawmakers on House floor Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege New Jersey Democrat believes he contracted coronavirus during Capitol siege MORE (R) played a key role in an alleged plan of an ancient President TrumpDonald Trump McCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he did not agree with his articles of impeachment against Biden Biden, Trudeau agreed to meet next month Trump was planning to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: PLUS report oust Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen in a bid to overturn Georgia election results, according to a report by The New York Times on Saturday.
The outlet reported that Perry, who voted earlier this month in favor of opposing election results in Pennsylvania and Arizona in Congress, coordinated the introduction between Trump and Jeffrey Clark, the acting head of the Civil Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Clark was reportedly receptive to Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him.
The temperature originally reported on Friday that Trump was looking to replace Rosen with Clark after Rosen refused to support Trump’s disputed claims that the presidential election was marred by widespread electoral fraud. Four former Trump administration officials told the newspaper that the plot to replace Rosen failed after DOJ officials discovered the plan and threatened to resign en masse.
On Saturday, the Times reported that former Trump administration officials said Clark informed the acting attorney general in late December of a meeting with the former president hosted by Perry.
The Times noted that it was not clear how Perry initially met Clark and how well they knew each other prior to the meeting with the former president. The president and Clark are also said to have had several direct telephone conversations.
Justice officials were said to have been surprised by these interactions, as Clark had not previously alerted Rosen. Agency policy states that the president must first communicate with the attorney general or deputy attorney general on any DOJ matter.
According to the Times, former officials said Perry and Clark discussed a plan for the Justice Department to send a letter to Georgia state lawmakers indicating that an investigation into electoral fraud was ongoing and could potentially overturn state election results. The two then discussed the alleged plan with Trump.
However, Rosen reportedly refused to send the letter.
Former officials briefed on the matter told The Times that the Justice Department had conducted dozens of electoral fraud investigations, none of which resulted in findings that would have changed the election outcome.
The Hill contacted Perry’s office for comment on the Times report.
Sen. Richard DurbinDick Durbin Overnight Health Care – Fauci: Lack of Facts ‘Likely’ Cost Lives in Coronavirus Fight | CDC Changes COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines to Allow Rare Mix of Pfizer and Moderna | Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden Hillicon Valley agenda: Intelligence agency gathers location data from warrantless US smartphones, memo says | Democrats Seek Answers on Russian Hacking Impact on DOJ and Courts | Airbnb Offers Aid to Biden Administration with Vaccine Distribution Democrats Seek Answers on Russian Cyberattack Impact on Justice Department and Courts READ MORE (Dill.), the new chairman of the Judiciary Committee, on Saturday sent a letter to the DOJ informing the agency that it was investigating alleged efforts by Trump and Clark “to use the Justice Department to advance Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election of 2020 ”.
Majority Leader in the Senate Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDividing And Conquering Or Uniting And Thriving Roe Is Not Enough: Why Black Women Want To End Hyde Amendment National Guard Back Inside Capitol After Being Relocated To A Garage MORE (DN.Y.) also called on DOJ’s internal watchdog to investigate Trump on Friday’s The Times report, tweeting Saturday that it was, “Downside that a head of Trump’s Justice Department would conspire to overthrow the will of the people.
“The inspector general of the Department of Justice must launch an investigation into this attempted sedition now,” Schumer added.
Schumer went on to say that the Senate “will move forward” with an impeachment lawsuit against Trump for his role in the deadly Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill. The trial is settled on starts the week of February 8.