The New York Times reported on Friday that former President Donald Trump allegedly planned with a Justice Department attorney to oust Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and replace him with an officer more inclined to investigate allegations of electoral fraud.
The Washington Post he also reported on the alleged plan, in which attorney Jeffrey Clark, head of the department’s Civil Division, would take Rosen’s place.
Rosen refused to cast doubt on Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia, despite Trump’s pleas.
However, the Times reported that senior Justice Department officials said they would step down if Trump ousted Rosen for Clark. This, the newspaper said, helped to convince Trump to leave Rosen alone, as he apparently calculated “that a furor over the mass resignations at the top of the Justice Department would eclipse” any attention to allegations of electoral fraud.
The times and The Post they said their reports were based on interviews with former Trump administration officials who requested anonymity.
Clark denied allegations that he planned to expel Rosen, while Trump made no comment.