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WSJ News Exclusive | Trump Pressed Justice Department to Go Directly to Supreme Court to Overturn Election Results

Before leaving office, Trump pushed the Justice Department to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Biden's election win, people familiar with the matter said

1/24/2021 4:24:00 AM

Before leaving office, Trump pushed the Justice Department to ask the Supreme Court to overturn Biden's election win, people familiar with the matter said

The former president dropped the efforts to replace the acting attorney general after top DOJ officials agreed to resign en masse in protest if he succeeded, people familiar with the matter said.

Updated Jan. 23, 2021 7:33 pm ETWASHINGTON—In his last weeks in office, former President Donald Trump considered moving to replace the acting attorney general with another official ready to pursue unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, and he pushed the Justice Department to ask the Supreme Court to invalidate President Biden’s victory, people familiar with the matter said.

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Those efforts failed due to pushback from his own appointees in the Justice Department, who refused to file what they viewed as a legally baseless lawsuit in the Supreme Court. Later, other senior department officials threatened to resign en masse should Mr. Trump fire then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, according to several people familiar with the discussions.

Senior department officials, including Mr. Rosen, former Attorney General William Barr and former acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall refused to file the Supreme Court case, concluding that there was no basis to challenge the election outcome and that the federal government had no legal interest in whether Mr. Trump or Mr. Biden won the presidency, some of these people said. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy, Patrick Philbin, also opposed Mr. Trump’s idea, which was promoted by his outside attorneys, these people said.

“He wanted us, the United States, to sue one or more of the states directly in the Supreme Court,” a former administration official said. “The pressure got really intense” after a lawsuit Texas filed in the Supreme Court against four states Mr. Biden won was dismissed on Dec. 11, the official said. An outside lawyer working for Mr. Trump drafted a brief the then-president wanted the Justice Department to file, people familiar with the matter said, but officials refused.

After his Supreme Court plan got nowhere, Mr. Trump explored another plan—replacing Mr. Rosen as acting attorney general with Jeffrey Clark, a Trump ally in the department who had expressed a willingness to use the department’s power to help the former president continue his unsuccessful legal battles contesting the election results, these people said.

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When did a Grand Jury dismiss election fraud cases? Smart dude Fake news Dipstick Don is the epitome of corruption and dishonesty to get whatever he wants and will let people die so he can achieve his own selfish goals. One day Republican Morons will wake up. Hopefully soon. Agree w Rand Paul. Election fraud hasn’t been adequately investigated. Lawsuits dismissed on standing and the other side says it’s done, move on. But what is wrong with pulling the curtain back and looking inside? Are Ds afraid it’s the wizard of oz back there?

New rule for the next month no pictures of this guys face, I've been looking forward for 4 years to not have to see his face ever again and you people are ruining it. Wall Street Journal is Fakenews. Anyone REALLY SHOCKED? This is going to be a pattern for a long time..... Isn’t it the media’s job to investigate these “claims” so sick of these articles that point fingers at “anonymous sources” Btw the sky’s lime green today because my anonymous sources says so.

Let’s face the truth. Trump was willing to do anything to stay in power though he had no commitment to constitutional governance of the country. Such a Bad Man, highly corrupted & mentally sick human. 74 million Americans thought having a lying crook tax dodger, draft dodging lazy fat ass who sat by as 400,000 ppl died with coronavirus should be given 4 more yrs. Of course they wouldn’t be happy with just 4 more yrs because they desire a dumb dictator as their leader.

Similar to the unsubstantiated claims that wsj is an unbiased source for news. Democrats desperately need to push President Biden‘s agenda the same way Republicans push through supreme court justices. It’s time to grow a pair and say...FuckTheFilibuster Dear KellyO for the LIFE OF ME i can NOT figure out WTF was going on in the MIND of DJT after Nov 3 - i WAS a solid supporter of most of the IDEAS behind him.HOWEVER i am of the mind or home raising u get bet in anything you must LOSE the SAME WAY u WOULD win - DIGNITY & GRACE

Who are these “people” and why not just lay it out? Why should this be believable? Why does it matter now? Is something shifting in the public opinion that you have to bring this up? Just curious. Biden’s covid deaths will surpassed Trump. There you go, foxnewsnight thank you for your cooperation RupertMurdoch way to live the last 10 years (perhaps!) of your life. You will keep the attention of 35% of the country and the repudiation of the rest 🤷🏻‍♀️

There is a rumor he's a flight risk and trying to defect to Russia. Someone needs to look into this. IngrahamAngle seanhannity ProjectLincoln TuckerCarlson DonaldJTrumpJr GOP FoxNews OANN Can we move on from him? Can we save everyone a lot of time here? Let’s just assume if there was a crime or moral violation he could have done, that he did it. He’s not going to hell, Malebolge said “you are too evil for us.” I’m thinking Trump Golf Course, destination Malebolge outskirts.

If you don't pay attention to The LORD and to righteousness and Holiness, you will have to stand before the Great White Throne Judgment. 당신이 주님, 의로움과 거룩함에 주목하지 않으면 백보좌 심판대 앞에 서게 될 것입니다. WorldwideSundayExpo People saying entire depts would resign if he got someone to listen to the fraud. Amazing. THis is how the swamp rules. This should scare everyone about the fairness of justice. now u may have got what YOU THOUGHT you wanted, but what about when it isnt oann business

This guy needs to be in prison. Well you can’t prove things if people keep dismissing them. There’s nothing wrong with what he did. wsj if 1/6 would have worked today you will be lauding great strategist trump is. Evil will prevail in this world Hm hm hm hm hm...... Because the liberals stole the election

Trump tried what happened 50 years ago in East Asia and Banana Republic, using Gov power to make him Coup President! Time 2 push back. He has introduced his fathers total 'Mepris' for America its laws and non whites. the truth he had known in Nazi Germany . The same tactics . America rids itself of these people or they will uprise again . The Delay of T. indightment asked by McConnell . Biden should have said NO

Is ANYONE really shocked Prepare for a daily dump of reality Illegal irregularities that obviously encompassed Trump... Boycott the Brand 😉⚔️ Mafia Don The Mainstream Media has to focus on President Trump. If they focus on the Biden Administration they see a fake President doing the bidding of the Establishment Democrats. The Biden Administration is a total failure in just 3 days.

DavidCayJ Margaretherapy What is it going to take till the GOP denounces this lunatic? They are not only co-conspirators, their cowards too. Impeach 两个几十岁的老头儿都为了工作岗位而争执不休,我们年轻人有什么理由不努力😂 This is a FakeNews 🤣😂 CROOK Crook. Plain and simple. Shame on all Republicans that don’t defend us. Give it a rest, he's gone. We are tired of news from 'people familiar with the matter' 'on condition of anonymity' We want real news not what you brew from the back of your offices

DavidCayJ Name the outside attorney!! Were they not able to appreciate The Big Guy’s position. Poor Donnie. DavidCayJ Thank the gods that idiot is gone. What a fricken embarrassment. DavidCayJ When will enough evidence/receipts be enough of criminality? When☝🏾 DavidCayJ So much like Putin. Banish him and his entire family and his entire Klan to live in Greenland-Forever. Of course I’ll have to rename the place in “orange land and landscaping services”

BrendanNyhan 12 dimensional coup Judicial system is corrupt. IVANKA CONNED a lot of people in 2020 and 2016. TrumpCrimeFamily He *has* to be prevented from holding office in the future. The very image of trump's face on my Twitter feed makes me want to vomit. I may have to unfollow WSJ to at least try to stop that shit-face from popping up on my feed.

Judas Priest - this 'man' is a true monster. In the most horrific sense of the word monster--- that's what he is. I PRAY that this being is NEVER allowed to be president of this nation again. And I wish his followers would open their eyes to how damaging he is to ALL LIFE. Trump tried several attempted actions similar to 'coups d'état'. So scary to think what a family or foreign agents can do to destroy our democratic system, without a communist-enticed Revolution!

And yet your opinion writing still does backflips to give this traitor the benefit of the doubt. You don’t get to play both sides on this issue. I don't expect anything more from a narcissist. It wasn’t Trump who was denied all legal recourse. It was We The People. We don’t blame him for any effort he made toward relief

HAHA LETS START THE SHOW 🤡 Wish they had. Just more proof for Trump supporters that he is the piece of garbage we always knew he was! Just more info for the Senate to convict! SenTedCruz HawleyMO mattgaetz Public Information Officers, staff involved in old Phoenix, AZ murder cover-ups, done knowingly, and internationally, both at Maricopa erCounty, AZ Sheriff's Dept., Phoenix Police, even behind back Phoenix P.D. Chief Williams

He’s never understood US Law or how our government works. It must be frustrating to be that incompetent. You need indSupremeCourt Charge him with the crimes he's seemingly committed and let him defend himself. That's why there are laws. Crook. Name them with evidence Prosecute, Convict and Imprison Biden people stole the election.

He'll stop at nothing! He must be held accountable by all means necessary! LeaderMcConnell SpeakerPelosi SenSchumer yeah?like SC would listen to anything from the administration? Just remember how many cases the justice dept had lost in various courts. Sorry, but I don't trust this headline. Because of course he did.

Provide names or take this story down... I am so sick of anonymous source stories... I expect far more from the Journal 😡🤬😡 He really thought people were just going to hand him the presidency--a job he didn't want, didn't earn and didn't do. Didn't work out that was and Biden is well on his way to destroying what's still left.

Well, now we know why Barr resigned