US media revealed that former US President Donald Trump considered replacing then-acting attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, with a lawyer in the Department of Justice, who could help him force Georgia officials to cancel the election result in the state.
The “New York Times” reported that Trump did not backtrack on the move, until after he was informed that all senior officials in the Justice Department would resign en masse if he went ahead with the plan.
The news published by a second journalist, the “Washington Post” also, comes at a time when Trump is expected to be tried before the Senate on charges of “inciting rebellion”, against the backdrop of his role in convincing his supporters of fraud in the elections and inciting them to storm the Congress headquarters at the beginning of January.
Trump narrowly lost Georgia to Joe Biden in the November presidential election, in an election he insisted without presenting clear evidence that it was a fraud.
The reports described Trump’s growing resentment over Rosen’s refusal to interfere with the Justice Department in the election result, and a supposed plan jointly with Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department attorney who supported Trump’s claims about the incorrectness of the election result, to replace Rosen with Clark.
But in a three-hour standoff in which the three were involved and reported by “The New York Times”, citing officials, Trump backed down after being told the move would spark a broad wave of resignations.
Clark categorically denied any plans to overthrow Rosen and cited inaccurate media reports. On the other hand, there has been no immediate reaction from Trump, Rosen, or the Justice Department to the news.
In early January, a leaked audio recording in which Trump pressured the Georgia state affairs secretary to “find” enough votes to overturn the election result shocked Washington.