Justice Department, Donald Trump, Acting Attorney General discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News

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Stadium with the 7 15 sign attached. Seymour tells WSB. He clearly remembers that blast. I was seven years old when he hits 7 15. Watching with my grandfather, and it was probably one of the biggest force in moments of my life. And while Aaron lived a long, eventful, meaningful life, Seymour says it wasn't long enough. We need guys like Hank Aaron around. I'm Tim McGuire. We've got some new information this morning related to efforts by former President Trump to overturn the results of the election. The New York Times reports that the president had been working on a plan that would utilize the Justice Department's power to pressure Georgia lawmakers in tow, overturning that states results. It involved potentially firing acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and replacing him with Jeffrey Clarke, a Justice Department attorney who was reportedly helping Trump with the plan. But it all fell apart when leaders in the department learned about it and threatened to quit our Dmitri Sodas talked all about it with New York Times reporter Katie Benner. She's the one who broke the story. First thing to know Is that the official at the Justice Department who Worked on the plan was really trying to get the acting attorney general to do it. I don't think they have his intent was ever himself to replace the acting attorney general, I think he just really wanted to push. Jeff Rosen, who is the top of the Justice Department to try to help Mr Trump bolster these claims of election fraud. You know, he believes he had information showing that fraud. It happened even though the officials around him so that it wasn't true, And ultimately, you know, when this moment happens, it's because he wants Mr Rosen to send a letter to Georgia lawmakers saying that the Justice Department is involved in a massive investigation into massive amounts of voter fraud, which was not true, and Rosen refused. So then this official took the same idea and discussed it with. You know Donald Trump, who liked the idea, and you know, Mr Rasmus and informed that he could possibly be fired. The other Justice Department officials, as you described in the article sat in stunned silence when they heard about all this. And you could, I guess, argue Katie, there was a guard rail. They all in unison, said We're gonna resign if this happens, and it seemed to blunt the president's efforts. You know what's interesting about that is the Guard rail is not, you know the horror of destabilizing the Justice Department to release since your time for the country, you know, at a moment when we're in the midst of a very contentious change over and power, it was really just I won't say just I think that one of the things that move to the president or influenced his thinking was the idea that the purer the public outcry, the PR the investigations, recriminations would actually just distract. From the letter to the Georgia legislators wouldn't have the impact that he wanted it to have. That's New York Times reporter Katie Benner with our Dimitri Sodas The following is a paid.

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