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Watchdog probes if DOJ officials tried to overturn election

4 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago Monday, January 25 2021 Jan 25, 2021 January 25, 2021 10:33 AM January 25, 2021 in News - Local
Source: https://apnews.com/
By: The Associated Press, Michael Balsamo
Credit: MGN Online/ Tia Dufour / The White House

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department's inspector general is launching an investigation to examine whether any former or current department officials "engaged in an improper attempt" to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. 

Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Monday that the investigation will investigate allegations concerning the conduct of former and current Justice Department officials but will not extend to other government officials. 

The investigation comes after The New York Times reported that a former assistant attorney general, Jeffrey Clark, had been discussing a plan with then-President Donald Trump to oust the acting attorney general, try to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential race and suggest falsely that there had been widespread election fraud. 

Former Attorney General William Barr and election officials across the country have said there was no widespread election fraud.

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