This effort was part of Trump’s pressure on the Department of Justice in his last weeks to overthrow his election loss, which included the dismissal of Jeffery Rosen’s lawyer at the time with a relatively unknown Department of Justice lawyer who was willing to use Trump’s department. allegations of election fraud in Georgia, two people told CNN.
The effort ultimately failed as Trump appointed him to the Department of Justice, the Journal said he refused to file the lawsuit. Together with former Attorney General Rosen William Barr and former attorney-at-law Jeffrey Wall, he refused to file a Supreme Court case, arguing that there were no grounds for challenging the election results and that the federal government had no legal interest in winning Trump or Biden. presidency.
Trump also stepped back during New Year’s weekend efforts after top officials in the Justice Department, including Trump’s own Senate-confirmed appointees and other political staff, promised to resign if Trump fired Rosene.
This move would have been Trump’s most impressive intrusion into the Department of Justice’s affairs, after years of breaking with a decades-long presidential tradition that sought to clearly limit the Department’s partial political activity.
An outside lawyer at Trump drafted the briefing that the then president wanted the case to be filed with the Department of Justice, people familiar with the case knew the paper, but officials rejected it.
Jeffrey Clark, Senate-confirmed head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Department of Justice, who took over the leadership of the DOJ’s civilian division in the final months of the Trump administration, advised his chiefs, both Rosen and Richard Donoghue, attorney general, to meet Trump, to Georgian officials, falsely saying the ministry is investigating serious fraud claims and withholding final proof of Biden’s victory.
Rosen and others rejected the idea because it was not true and because Rosen and before that Barr rejected Trump’s efforts to appoint a special counsel to investigate voter fraud.
Clark denied planning to run Rosen, he told the Times on Friday, or that he had made any recommendations based on internet conspiracy theories.
“My practice is to rely on a sworn statement to assess the disputed facts,” Clark told the Times. “There has been an honest discussion of opportunities, pros and cons with the president. It is unfortunate that those who have been part of a privileged legal debate are publicly commenting on such internal deliberations, while distorting any debate.”
CNN contacted Jason Miller, a former Trump campaign consultant. Trump refused to speak to the Times.
Perry, a member of the Conservative House Freedom Caucus, informed Trump of Clark’s sympathy in his view that the election had been stolen and later introduced Trump to Clark, the Times writes. Clark was attractive to Trump because the Times said he was more open to conspiracy theories about election fraud than Rosen.
The Times noted that it was unclear when Perry, who represented Harrisburg, met Clark, or how well the two men knew each other before Trump was introduced. Administration officials told the Times that Clark told Rosen in late December about the introduction of Perry, a group of people who told Trump he had won the election.
Justice Department officials told the Times that Trump had called Clark several times and the two had met without Rosen’s warning. The DOJ’s policy states that the president will initially communicate with the Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General on all matters, and then, according to the Times, with a lower-level official if authorized to do so.
CNN contacted Perry’s office to comment.
CNN’s Evan Perez contributed to the report.