Trump DOJ Coup Lawyer Jeff Clark Provides DC Bar Criticism To His CV

Trump DOJ Coup Lawyer Jeff Clark Provides DC Bar Criticism To His CV

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Final week, the DC bar filed a Petition Instituting Formal Disciplinary Proceedings towards former Justice Division lawyer Jeffrey Clark. That is hardly essentially the most urgent concern for the onetime Kirkland & Ellis legal professional, who awoke on June 22 to the FBI knocking at his door with a warrant to grab his digital units. However the prospect of bar sanctions on prime of the remainder of his authorized worries isn’t precisely a plus on the previous resumé.

Clark’s plot to weaponize the DOJ as a part of Trump’s fraudulent electors scheme has been extensively reported for over a 12 months. However the January 6 Choose Committee’s June 23 public listening to laid naked his conduct for the broader public, and within the least flattering mild doable. In brief, Clark, an environmental lawyer who was then-acting head of the Civil Division, cooked up a Proof of Idea letter making varied false allegations about fraud within the swing states to supply the Republican-dominated legislatures a pretext to re-cast the states’ electors for Trump.

The letter claimed that the Division had “recognized vital considerations that will have impacted the result of the election in a number of States, together with the State of Georgia.” This was false — actually, a number of US Attorneys on the bottom in Georgia investigated the fraud claims and located them groundless. Clark additionally claimed that it was the place of the Division that state legislatures had the inherent constitutional authority to convene themselves to bless “alternate” slates of electors. This was in no sensible the place of the DOJ, though it was definitely the place of Trump’s coup-curious marketing campaign lawyer, John Eastman.

Maybe most hilariously, the grievance alleged that the Justice Division discovered “troubling the present posture of a pending lawsuit in Fulton County” and the “litigation’s sluggish tempo.” In fact, the DOJ had nothing to do with Trump’s go well with towards the Georgia Secretary of State, and was not “troubled” within the least. However Trump’s legal professionals Cleta Mitchell and John Eastman undoubtedly had their knickers in a twist about it. In actuality, the “sluggish tempo” had nothing to do with recalcitrance by the courtroom.

As laid out succinctly within the federal go well with they filed after the state case bottomed out, Trump’s legal professionals withdrew their request for an emergency injunction on December 8, 2020, then instantly filed appeals with a number of courts, which meant they couldn’t get a trial choose assigned to the case. It took them three weeks to get their screw-up sorted out, which they then pointed to as proof of a dastardly plot. One would suppose that somebody nominally in control of the Civil Division would be capable of work this out, and, extra to the purpose, would have the integrity to not go off making half-cocked insinuations. One can be incorrect.

Clark’s plan to greenlight the Republican-dominated legislatures in swing states to claw again Biden’s electors by no means acquired off the bottom. Performing AG Jeffrey Rosen and his principal deputy Richard Donoghue refused to signal the letter, and Trump was dissuaded from making Clark appearing AG by the specter of mass resignations on the White Home Counsel’s Workplace and the DOJ.

However a back-handed tried coup by somebody who’s to date gone that he believes the election was stolen by dint of Chinese language thermostats is nonetheless a coup try, and the DC bar isn’t about to let bygones be bygones. Citing proof adduced by Congress, Hamilton P. Fox, III, Disciplinary Counsel writes that Clark violated Rule 8.4 of the District of Columbia Guidelines of Skilled Conduct by making an attempt to interact in conduct involving dishonesty, by sending the Proof of Idea letter containing false statements, and which might significantly intrude with the administration of justice. 

However Jeff Clark has a solution for that!

Simply kidding! He’s far too busy railing towards efforts to broaden poll entry proper now. However Rachel Semmel, comms director at Clark’s present employer, the rightwing Heart for Renewing America, had bile to spew — and it was even on level.

“That is the most recent assault on authorized {qualifications} of 1 of the one legal professionals on the DOJ who had the pursuits of the American folks at coronary heart,” she tweeted.

Semmel went on to name Clark “an American hero,” including that “the media positive appears to get pleasure from being the press sec for the J6 cmte” and “the DC bar is corrupt and brazenly mendacity and going after perceived political opponents.”

Proper. Properly … good luck with all that.

DC legal professionals’ disciplinary board says ex-DOJ official Jeffrey Clark lied in his makes an attempt to overturn 2020 election [CNN]

Liz Dye lives in Baltimore the place she writes about legislation and politics.