The aftermath of the 2020 election was more than just people, including former President Donald Trump, claiming that it was rigged in favor of President Joe Biden. Some believe Trump was behind a scheme to take further action in attempts to overturn the election by shaking up the leadership of the Justice Department toward the end of his presidency.
However, according to the Washington Examiner, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) admitted over the weekend that it might not have been Trump behind such a scheme after all, telling NBC’s Chuck Todd that the Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating who was behind the scheme as well as who was funding it.
Whitehouse made the admission during a Sunday interview on Meet The Press.
What DOJ scheme?
After former Attorney General Bill Barr left office, he was replaced by acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. Some believe that Rosen wasn’t playing ball after the 2020 election at the level that Trump expected, with regard to pursuing actions to overturn the election results.
As a result, it was originally suggested that Trump was considering replacing Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ official who had reportedly already drawn up plans to use DOJ power to intervene specifically in the results of the election in Georgia, where Trump and his surrogates insisted that they only lost due to ballot fraud.
The alleged plot to replace Rosen with Clark never came to fruition, though, as reportedly Trump was told that if he made the move, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, and several top DOJ officials would resign their posts.
That information came to light in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 394-page report, which was based on testimony from witnesses and people involved in the process.
However, as far as Trump’s involvement in masterminding the scheme, Whitehouse admitted it’s unlikely, telling Todd that his committee remains “unclear” on who might have been behind it.
The bombshell admission
“What we don’t know is who was really behind this,” Whitehouse said. “The text of the transcript and the body English of the witnesses suggests that they had very little regard for this character Jeffrey Clark, who was nominally going to be the new attorney general. They doubted his qualifications to even have that role.”
The Rhode Island Democrat went on to suggest that Clark was merely “a cog in a larger machine,” adding that his committee is now attempting to find out “how that machine ran through this period, who was behind it, where the money came from, and what’s been going on.”
Whitehouse’s admission took Todd by surprise, as the NBC host fired back, asking the senator, “And you think it’s somebody other than Donald Trump? I mean — you know, when I hear that, you’re essentially saying you believe there’s somebody else involved, somebody else was pulling the strings. Who could that be besides Donald Trump?”
“We don’t know yet, but, you know, this guy jumped to a dark money enterprise,” Whitehouse responded. “So, he’s been taken care of, Jeffrey Clark. There was a lot of activity around this with members of Congress. There’s just a lot left to be learned.”