- Trump wanted the Justice Department to take states directly to the Supreme Court to overturn the election results.
- DOJ officials refused, prompting Trump to plot to replace the acting attorney general with a loyalist.
- This effort was foiled by DOJ leaders when some threatened to resign if Jeffrey Rosen was fired.
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President Donald Trump wanted the Justice Department to sue specific states against specific states in an attempt to overturn their election results, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.
DOJ officials refused, prompting Trump to plot to impeach the acting attorney general and replace him with a loyalist. The plot was blocked when a group of senior DOJ leaders threatened to resign if Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen was removed from office.
Trump’s idea of suing states was pushed by his personal lawyers, the Journal reported.
“He wanted us in the United States to intend to prosecute one or more states directly to the Supreme Court,” a former administration official told the Journal.
DOJ officials declined to dismiss the case, saying there was no legal basis and “the federal government had no legal interest in whether Mr. Trump or Mr. Biden won the presidency “, according to the Journal.
The DOJ did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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Trump and his allies launched dozens of legal challenges following the election in an attempt to overturn the results based on unsubstantiated allegations of massive voter fraud. The Trump campaign and Republican officials have filed lawsuits in battlefield states, but virtually none of the challenges have gone to court.
Trump’s own Justice Department and his ally Attorney General Bill Barr said in December they had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud that affected the election outcome.
The Journal said efforts to directly sue states had been stepped up after the Supreme Court on Dec. 11 dismissed a lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to overturn the results in Michigan. in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
On election night, in a speech where he falsely claimed victory, Trump threatened to take the election to the Supreme Court, although it is not known why or on what legal basis he. planned to do so.
When Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed away in September and Trump and the Republicans were determined to take her seat, Trump also suggested the election would be decided by the Supreme Court, although again it was unclear what exactly he thought was in dispute.
Trump has successfully appointed and appointed Judge Amy Coney Barrett, making her the third to be appointed by Trump to sit on the bench alongside Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, solidifying the court’s Conservative majority with a 6-3 split.
After the Texas case was dismissed, Trump blasted the Supreme Court in a tweet, saying “no wisdom, no courage!”