Wall Street Journal: Trump pressured DOJ to file case with Supreme Court to overturn election results
January 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Former President Donald Trump pushed the Department of Justice to directly ask the Supreme Court to invalidate President Joe Biden's election win, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal.
(CNN)Former President Donald Trump pushed the Department of Justice to directly ask the Supreme Court to invalidate President Joe Biden's election win, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal.
The effort was part of Trump's pressure on the Justice Department in his final weeks in office to overturn his election loss which also included plans to fire then-acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen with a relatively unknown Justice Department lawyer who was willing to use the department to support Trump's false claims about election fraud in Georgia, two people briefed on the matter told CNN.
The effort ultimately failed as Trump appointees in the Department of Justice refused to file the lawsuit, according to the Journal.
Rosen, along with former Attorney General William Barr and former acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall, refused to file the Supreme Court case citing that there was no basis to challenge the election outcome and the federal government had no legal interest in whether Trump or Biden won the presidency.
Trump also backed down during the New Year's weekend effort after top Justice Department officials, including Trump's own Senate-confirmed appointees and other political staff, vowed to resign if Trump fired Rosen.
An outside lawyer working for Trump drafted a brief the then-President wanted the Justice Department to file, people familiar with the matter told the Journal, but officials refused.
Jeffrey Clark, the Senate-confirmed head of the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division who assumed leadership of the DOJ's Civil Division during the closing months of the Trump administration, had advised his bosses, both Rosen and acting deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, that he was meeting with Trump to discuss sending a letter to Georgia officials, falsely saying that the department was investigating serious fraud claims and to withhold final certification of Biden's victory.