The Washington Post reported earlier this month the Justice Department’s Inspector General would review the abrupt resignation of US Attorney General in Atlanta, Byung J. Ever-Trumper. “A person informed of this investigation confirmed its existence to POLITICO.
The new announcement appears to confirm that the Justice Department is planning a broader official investigation into reports in recent days that the agency’s top officials have been troubled in their final days in office by Trump’s attempt to team up with the acting head of the civil division. , Jeffrey Clark, for the ministry to urge Georgian lawmakers to block that state’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory there.
Moving, first reported on Friday by the New York Times, led the entire upper echelon of the department and many of their staff to threaten to resign en masse. Trump would eventually have abandoned the plan, which at one point could have forced Trump to fire acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and replace him with Clark.
Although the announcement indicates that a full investigation into the allegations will be undertaken, it is unlikely to be swift. Major investigations by the Inspector General at the Ministry of Justice usually last a year or more.
Horowitz also noted in his statement that he had no jurisdiction to investigate actions taken by officials outside the Justice Department. It also lacks subpoena power, so it cannot force the testimony of former justice officials.
Members of Congress have also indicated their interest in pursuing the allegations, but it is uncertain whether they will feature prominently in an impeachment trial that Trump is expected to face in the Senate in about two weeks.