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DOJ Watchdog Probes if Justice Department Officials Sought to Alter Election Results

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Trump and Clark had come up with a plan to get rid of Rosen, freeing them up to use the Justice Department's resources to pressure Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results.

In addition, the Office of Inspector General at Justice has launched an investigation into the actions of all Justice Department employees in the matter, and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said Saturday that it will be conducting its own inquiry.

A Republican U.S. congressman played a role in ex-President Donald Trump's efforts to oust the top Justice Department official and replace him with a loyalist willing to support efforts to overturn his election defeat, the New York Times reported on Sunday. And then, as the election was called for US President Joe Biden, the Trump team doubled down on claims that ranged from votes being submitted by deceased Americans to voting systems being rigged in favor for the Democratic candidate.

But the plot was ultimately foiled after other senior leaders in the department threatened to resign if Clark was appointed acting attorney general. The New York Democrat said it was "unconscionable a Trump Justice Department leader would conspire to subvert the people's will".

However, the statement noted that while the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has the reach to investigate allegations against former and and current DoJ employees, its "jurisdiction does not extend to allegations against other government officials".

Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced the investigation today. Then investigate allegations of election fraud in Georgia.

Also on Monday, the voting machine company Dominion Systems filed a defamation suit against Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for his repeatedly false claims about widespread voting fraud in the election. Trump earlier this month and even went so far as to tell Mr. Rosen after the meeting that he would replace him. Trump's controversial phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Above, Mr. Trump boarded the presidential helicopter for the last time on January 20, as he left the White House.

As Rosen and the deputy attorney general, Richard Donoghue, pushed back, they were unaware that Clark had been introduced to Trump by a Pennsylvania politician and had told the president that he agreed that fraud had affected the election results. They were also asked to send a letter to Georgia state election officials stating that an investigation was opened. "There were no 'maneuver [s].' There was a candid discussion of options and pros and cons with the President".

The conversations reportedly occurred in the days ahead of Congress's January 6 meeting to certify Biden's victory in the Electoral College that is determinative of US presidential elections.