Watchdog to probe election-related intrigue at Justice Department
[ Editor’s Note: I had been wondering exactly how the DoJ people had stared Trump down on the DoJ Hail Mary try to grab the Georgia electoral votes from Biden, plus how could that have helped Trump when he also needed some of the other swing states to win.
But with the whole top layer of the DoJ threatening to resign enmass, I guess that did the trick, with Trump’s attornies talking him out of it.
The DoJ now looks like it might have wanted to burn both Trump and his DoJ flipper friend with the inspectors investigation, whose job would have been to to clean up the mess politically for the department.
The Capitol coup has put this Trump DoJ caper into the rear view mirrow as there are bigger fish to fry with Trump in the pan today at his impeachment trial. The Repubs voted to no kill the trial as constiutional, but aquitting him is still in the cards, regardless of the long tern consequences for those Repub Senators who will always wear the stain.
A wise man once said, “I would rather have a bad thing happen to me any other day than today.” … Jim W. Dean ]
First published … January 25, 2021
The Justice Department’s internal watchdog announced Monday that it has launched an investigation into whether top officials at the department engaged in any impropriety in connection with challenges to the results of last year’s presidential race.
A statement from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office is “initiating an investigation into whether any former or current DOJ official engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election.”
Horowitz signaled a broad potential scope for the inquiry, saying, “The investigation will encompass all relevant allegations that may arise that are within the scope of the OIG’s jurisdiction.”
The Washington Post reported earlier this month that the Department of Justice’s inspector general would examine the abrupt resignation the U.S. attorney in Atlanta, Byung J. “BJay” Pak, following the release of a recorded telephone conference call in which President Donald Trump appeared to dismiss Pak as a “never-Trumper.”
…The move, first reported Friday by The New York Times, led the entire top echelon of the department and many of their aides to threaten to resign en masse. Trump reportedly eventually abandoned the plan, which at one point may have required that Trump fire then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and replace him with Clark.