Klobuchar reacts to report Trump plotted against his attorney general

The NYT story alleges further tactics to overturn the election.
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With former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial looming, Minnesota's senior senator is nudging her Republican colleagues to consider the latest report about Trump's quest to overturn the 2020 election.

On Saturday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) tweeted out the New York Times story, which says Trump plotted to oust Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen — in favor of a loyal Justice Department lawyer who would "wield the department’s power to force Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results."

Referencing the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, over which Trump was impeached the following week, Klobuchar described the plot alleged in the Times as "another kind of insurrection."

"Different weapons, same intent: illegally remain in power," she wrote in the tweet. 

The post also calls out "colleagues still on the fence on impeachment," suggesting they should take these new charges into consideration when Trump is tried in the senate next month. 

The Times story, which is "based on interviews with four former Trump administration officials who asked not to be named because of fear of retaliation," says Trump ultimately backed down from the plan when a number of "the Justice Department’s top leaders" threatened to resign over the move.

The department lawyer said to have devised the plan, Jeffrey Clark, told the Times that this account of events "contained inaccuracies but did not specify" any, and "categorically denied" any plot to oust Rosen. 

The forthcoming senate impeachment trial — which will be Trump's second — is scheduled to get underway on February 9.

He's the only president in U.S. history to have been impeached twice; he was tried in the senate, but not convicted, last year. 

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