Opinion | Trump’s coup attempt grows even more worrisome as new details emerge

August 9, 2021 ☼ election-2020couptrumprosenclark

Source: The Washington Post

Link: Opinion | Trump’s coup attempt grows even more worrisome as new details emerge

I try not to be alarmist, but it is difficult to read the latest accounts and not be alarmed. The drip-drip-drip evolution of this story has served to mask how serious the threat was and how close it came to fruition.

We have known for months that Trump — heedless of constraints on hijacking Justice Department operations to his own political ends — had pressed Justice officials to intervene on his behalf. For example, he urged Rosen to appoint special counsels to investigate unfounded claims of voter fraud.

We knew that when Rosen balked, Trump entertained a plan to oust Rosen and replace him with Jeffrey Clark, the acting head of the civil division, who was more willing to push Trump’s fanciful assertions of fraud. We knew that Trump was deterred only after threats of mass resignations from other officials.

Trump finds the Constitution to be an inconvenience.