Attorneys file ethics complaint against ex-Justice official over plot to help Trump By Reuters
By Sarah N. Lynch
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – A group of well-known attorneys filed Tuesday an ethics complaint against Jeffrey Bossert Clark. Clark is a former Justice Department officer who was accused of plotting to overthrow former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election.
The complaint https://ldad.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/DC-Ethics-Complaint-Against-Jeffrey-Clark.pdf, signed by former Justice Department lawyers and spearheaded by the group Lawyers Defending American Democracy, asks the District of Columbia Bar’s disciplinary office to investigate Clark’s actions and sanction him.
Clark “made false statements about integrity of the elections in a concerted attempt to disseminate the official statement of United States Department of Justice regarding multiple election results being unreliable,” the authors wrote. They noted that such behavior put American democracy in grave danger.
Clark’s attorney could not immediately be reached.
Former President Donald Trump nominated Clark as the Assistant Attorney General for Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.
A former Kirkland & Ellis lawyer who defended BP (NYSE:) in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, he frequently clashed with career attorneys inside the division over his narrow interpretations of the Clean Air and Clean Water acts. Later, he was also appointed acting head of Civil Division during the Trump presidency.
In January https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-justice/watchdog-to-probe-if-justice-dept-officials-improperly-tried-to-alter-2020-election-idUSKBN29U21E, the Justice Department’s inspector general announced his office was launching an investigation into whether Clark plotted to oust then-Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen so he could take over the department and help pursue Trump’s baseless claims by opening an investigation into voter fraud in Georgia.
ABC News obtained emails revealing that Clark had also written a letter to Rosen requesting his approval. This request urged Georgia to call a special legislative session in order to examine voter fraud allegations.
Clark’s plan was initially reported in the New York Times. It was independently confirmed by Reuters. However, Clark’s plans were ultimately rejected after top officials pledged their resignation.
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