the former President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry allegedly played a role in Trump’s plan to remove AG Trump’s plan. The Supreme Court reportedly pressured the Department of Justice (DOJ) to take its bid to reverse the results of the presidential election, but the effort came to an end after opposition from the agency’s leadership.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Trump sought to file a DOJ file to challenge the outcome of the election before he stepped down last week, but several senior officials of the agency refused to bring the case forward. Those officers allegedly included then Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former Attorney General William BarrBill Beardowski: Victory for democracy, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurating two-thirds, saying election was fair: poll The Hills Morning Report – inaugurating like no other And former acting solicitor general Jeffrey Wall.
The effort also met with resistance from former White House counsel Pat Cipollon and former former White House deputy councilor Patrick Philbin.
According to the newspaper, a brief was prepared at one point by a lawyer working outside the administration for the effort.
A former administration official told the Journal, “He wanted us, the United States, to sue one or more states directly in the Supreme Court.” The official said that “pressure really intensified” after the Supreme Court rejected a Texas bid in early December that overturned President Biden’s election victory.
The Journal reported that Trump considered ousting Rosen and replacing him with DOJ’s attorney Jeffrey Clarke after the effort failed.
The Journal reports the New York Times also reported that Trump planned to fire Rosen and replace him with Clark in efforts to reverse the election results.
However, both newspapers reported that the effort failed after several top officials of the department threatened to resign when the Trump plan went ahead.
In a statement to the Times last week, which spoke to four unnamed former officials of the Trump administration for its coverage, Clarke pushed back on the report.
“Senior Justice Department attorneys, not uncommonly, provide legal advice to the White House as part of our duties,” he told the paper. “All my official communications were in line with the law.”
He pointed to his previous role as a key signatory on the DOJ request last month, with a federal court dismissing a lawsuit seeking to pressurize Vice President Pence to reverse the election result as Congress electorally Certified the college vote.
The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.