The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced an investigation Monday to determine whether any former or current DOJ employees sought to alter the results of the 2020 presidential election.
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz said that the investigation “will encompass all relevant allegations that may arise that are within the scope of the OIG’s jurisdiction.” The scope of the OIG’s jurisdiction is limited to current and former DOJ employees, and this investigation will not examine any members of the current or past administration who are unaffiliated with the DOJ.
The OIG announced this investigation three days after the New York Times published a story accusing former DOJ lawyer Jeffrey Clark of secretly meeting with former president Donald Trump and devising a plan to oust former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen. The four sources, all of whom wished to remain unidentified for fear of retaliation, were all former Trump administration employees who claim that Clark’s plan was intended to assist Trump in undoing President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
The OIG reiterated that it was releasing the statement “to reassure the public that an appropriate agency is investigating the allegations,” and that once the investigation is concluded, the OIG will release their findings to the public in accordance with the law and DOJ policy.