'Insider threat': Ex-DOJ official’s reported plot to subvert the 2020 Election for Trump raises alarm

'Insider threat': Ex-DOJ official’s reported plot to subvert the 2020 Election for Trump raises alarm
President Donald Trump pauses during the 9/11 Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 11, 2017. During the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon. To the left is first lady Melania Trump, and to the right are Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. (DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

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A security expert is weighing in with his concerns about the U.S. Justice Department revelation reported last week.

On Tuesday, August 10, Ryan Goodman, the co-editor-in-chief of Just Security appeared on the Law & Crime podcast where he weighed in on former DOJ official Jeff Clark's pushback against a colleague's efforts to overturn the election results for former President Donald Trump.

Goodman, who recently co-authored a piece titled, "Mark Meadows Timeline: The Chief of Staff and Schemes to Overturn 2020 Election," noted his concerns about Clark's election conspiracy theories.

"Jeff Clark has these bizarre conspiracy theories that he's cooking up about, you know, Chinese thermometers, changing ballots," Goodman noted as he attempted to describe the effort. "It's even hard to say those words."

At the time, Clark circulated a draft letter that included his concerns regarding the outcome of the election possibly being ripe with fraud. Per ABC News:

"The Department of Justice is investigating various irregularities in the 2020 election for President of the United States," the draft letter said. "The Department will update you as we are able on investigatory progress, but at this time we have identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple States, including the State of Georgia."

The draft letter also noted: "While the Department of Justice believe[s] the Governor of Georgia should immediately call a special session to consider this important and urgent matter, if he declines to do so, we share with you our view that the Georgia General Assembly has implied authority under the Constitution of the United States to call itself into special session for [t]he limited purpose of considering issues pertaining to the appointment of Presidential Electors."

Another aspect of the development centers on former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows who also petitioned DOJ officials about investigating the election results in Georgia. Goodman describes the timeline of Meadows' emails to the DOJ as "nefarious" as he made it clear that "there's no better word for it."

According to Goodman, the other issue centers on how many people actually believe the election was fraudulent and stolen as a result of claims like the ones alleged by Clark and Meadows.

For "people who really believe it, it's not a game," Goodman noted. "They're not pretending they really believe the conspiracies. There's no reason why they wouldn't be also part of our law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and the like."

Although Trump, his White House officials, and other allies deny attempted a coup, Clark argues otherwise. "That really does seem like the coup," Goodman said, adding later: "It's very hard to imagine that Meadows would not be in the loop."

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