Jan. 25 (UPI) — The Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Workplace announced Monday it is opening an investigation into whether any present-day or former division officials attempted to change the effects of the presidential election.
The assertion comes soon after experiences that former President Donald Trump viewed as a approach to substitute the acting lawyer typical for the duration of his remaining months in place of work with a person much more willing to seem into his baseless promises of voter fraud. The prepare was not carried out. Several top rated Justice Division officials threatened to resign about it.
Inspector Basic Michael E. Horowitz stated in the two-paragraph assertion the investigation will consist of “irrespective of whether any former or current DOJ formal engaged in an improper endeavor to have DOJ search for to alter the result of the 2020 Presidential Election.”
Horowitz claimed the investigation would deal with “all appropriate allegations” in his jurisdiction.
William Barr resigned as attorney general with about a thirty day period remaining in Trump’s presidency, leaving Jeffrey Rosen as performing lawyer standard. Trump continued to force claims of election fraud though the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Barr experienced pushed back on Trump’s allegations in advance of resigning, declaring he had not viewed any evidence of widespread fraud in the presidential election.
According to Horowitz’s assertion, the investigation won’t include allegations against Trump.
“The OIG has jurisdiction to look into allegations regarding the conduct of previous and existing DOJ employees,” Horowitz claimed. “The OIG’s jurisdiction does not increase to allegations towards other govt officials.”