The inspector general said he was initiating an investigation into whether any officials engaged in an improper attempt to have the department alter the election outcome.
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.” A person briefed about that inquiry confirmed its existence to POLITICO.
The new announcement appears to confirm that the Justice Department plans a broader official inquiry into reports in recent days that the agency’s most senior appointees were roiled in their final days in office by an attempt by Trump to team up with the acting head of the Civil Division, Jeffrey Clark, to have the department urge Georgia legislators to block that state’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win there.
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