Senate Drops Report On Trump’s Use Of DOJ To Stay In Power

October 7, 2021
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October 7, 2021

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats issued a report on Thursday detailing former President Trump’s efforts to use the Justice Department as a weapon in his bid to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

It delves into some of the starkest examples of corruption that took place in the run-up to the insurrection, as Trump flailed for ways to stay in power.

Among other things, the report documents a Jan. 3 meeting during which senior DOJ leaders and then-White House counsel Pat Cipollone threatened to resign if Trump went through with a plan to install former assistant attorney general Jeffrey Bossert Clark as acting attorney general.

We’re going through the report line-by-line and will be posting updates below. Read our initial write-up of the report here.

Some Key Takeaways:

  • The report zeroes in on the Jan. 3 Oval Office meeting with DOJ bigwigs.
  • Jeff Clark spearheaded the campaign to have the DOJ declare the election corrupt.
  • DOJ leadership threatened to resign en masse if Trump installed Clark as acting attorney general.
  • White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy Patrick Philbin threatened to resign as well.
  • The panel confirmed that Trump wanted to fire U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia BJay Pak because he believed the prosecutor was a "never-Trumper," sparking Pak's forced resignation.
  • Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) played a key role in pressing a DOJ official to participate in the Big Lie.

Read the report here:

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Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats issued a report on Thursday detailing former President Trump’s efforts to use the Justice Department as a weapon in his bid to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

It delves into some of the starkest examples of corruption that took place in the run-up to the insurrection, as Trump flailed for ways to stay in power.

Among other things, the report documents a Jan. 3 meeting during which senior DOJ leaders and then-White House counsel Pat Cipollone threatened to resign if Trump went through with a plan to install former assistant attorney general Jeffrey Bossert Clark as acting attorney general.

We’re going through the report line-by-line and will be posting updates below. Read our initial write-up of the report here.

Notable Replies

  1. I distinctly remember being asked to give disappointed little president Trumpiekins some time to accept that he’d not exactly won, so to speak. Be understanding, they said. Just putting that out there.

  2. Can we lock him up now?

    How about now?

  3. Who knew snowflakes could be that shade of orange?

  4. So are McConnell and McCarthy going to let Trump get away with treason?

    Of course they will because they were in on the coup plans, too!

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