After a report from The New York Times revealed a previously unknown Trump era plot to replace then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Trump loyalist Jeffrey Clark, who would have used the Justice Department to advance the then-president’s fight against the election outcome, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for a Justice Department investigation of the situation. Specifically, he called for an investigation by the inspector general’s office at the Justice Department, which oversees ethical issues involving the department. Reportedly, Clark apparently collaborated with Trump on the development of the plan to replace Rosen while himself working at the Justice Department.
Clark, for his part, “denied that he devised any plan to oust Mr. Rosen” (emphasis added), according to the Times. Schumer, who recently became the Senate Majority Leader after the swearing in of two new Democratic Senators from Georgia, commented as follows:
‘Unconscionable a Trump Justice Department leader would conspire to subvert the people’s will The Justice Dept Inspector General must launch an investigation into this attempted sedition now And the Senate will move forward with Trump’s impeachment trial’
Unconscionable a Trump Justice Department leader would conspire to subvert the people's will
The Justice Dept Inspector General must launch an investigation into this attempted sedition now
And the Senate will move forward with Trump's impeachment trialhttps://t.co/GTTYIGG3mj
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 23, 2021
Besides the reported scheme to replace Rosen, Clark also apparently advocated for Rosen to send a letter to state legislators in Georgia falsely announcing that the Justice Department itself was “investigating accusations of voter fraud in their state” and insisting that the Georgia legislators “should move to void Mr. Biden’s win there,” according to the Times. In reality, no credible evidence of widespread election fraud has ever emerged at any point. Nevertheless, Clark also reportedly wanted the Justice Department to “hold a news conference announcing that it was investigating serious accusations of election fraud,” which would have constituted a stunning takeover of the apparatus of the federal justice system for Trump’s deluded personal purposes.
At present, as Schumer mentioned, the Senate is preparing for the second impeachment trial for Trump after the House impeached him for a second time. This time, the House impeached Trump for his role in inciting the recent violent rioting at the U.S. Capitol, which proceeded under the rhetorical cover of his unhinged lies about the election. At the Capitol, Trump supporters tried to forcibly disrupt the formal Congressional certification of the electoral college outcome.