White House officers pushed Atlanta’s prime federal prosecutor to resign earlier than Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoffs as a result of President Trump was upset he wasn’t doing sufficient to examine the president’s unproven claims of election fraud, folks acquainted with the matter mentioned.
A senior Justice Department official, on the behest of the White House, known as Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak and instructed him he wanted to step down as a result of he wasn’t pursuing vote-fraud allegations to Mr. Trump’s satisfaction, the folks mentioned.
Mr. Pak resigned abruptly on Monday—the day earlier than the runoffs—saying in an early morning electronic mail to colleagues that his departure was due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
The stress on Mr. Pak was a part of Mr. Trump’s weekslong push to attempt to alter presidential election outcomes favoring President-elect Joe Biden, which included his win in Georgia. Mr. Trump this week, following the U.S. Capitol riot, mentioned he would depart workplace on Jan. 20 when Mr. Biden is inaugurated.
Recently departed Attorney General William Barr has mentioned the Justice Department hadn’t found evidence of widespread voter fraud that might reverse Mr. Biden’s victory, together with claims of fraud, poll destruction and voting-machine manipulation.