Trump’s Justice Department ally hit with ethics charges over conspiracy to kick off 2020 vote

A former Justice Department official and staunch ally of Donald Trump is facing ethics charges for his plot to use the department to try to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election.

Trump considered making Jeffrey Clark – a former DOJ Civil Division environmental lawyer – acting attorney general after William Barr’s departure so Clark could move forward with a plan to manipulate election results.

Clark wrote a draft letter on Dec. 28, 2020, which then-White House attorney Pat Cipollone called a “murder-suicide pact.” He made false claims that the Justice Department uncovered voter fraud in several states.

Clark also described a plot to have state legislatures send fake voters to Congress to disrupt the certification of the legitimate vote, which Joe Biden had won, according to a document filed Tuesday by the office of the Law Society Disciplinary Council. District of Columbia.

Hamilton P. Fox III, the DC Bar’s disciplinary attorney, charged Clark with attempting to engage in dishonest conduct and “conduct that would seriously interfere with the administration of justice” for his actions, according to the case.

Clark’s draft letter was addressed to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) and a number of federal lawmakers.

Clark repeatedly pressured Jeffrey Rosen, who was then acting attorney general, and Richard Donoghue, the acting deputy attorney general, to sign and send the letter, according to the law society’s complaint. Both Donoghue and Rosen refused and threatened to resign if the letter was sent, and they warned at a January 3 meeting that there would be mass resignations if it happened.

“This letter that this guy [Clark] wants to send — this letter is a murder-suicide pact,” Cipollone told Trump, according to a transcript of Donoghue’s interview with the House Select Committee investigating actions surrounding the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. “It will damage anyone who touches it. And we should have nothing to do with this letter.

But Trump wanted to know: “What do I have to lose? If I do this, what have I got to lose? Donoghue told members of the Jan. 6 panel.

Donoghue said he responded, “Mr. President, you have a lot to lose. Is this really how you want your administration to end? You are going to hurt the country.

Donoghue also attacked Clark, who wanted Trump to appoint him attorney general, as someone who was sadly unqualified for the job and who was catching half-baked voter fraud theories off the internet to butter Trump.

“He was never a criminal lawyer. He never conducted a criminal investigation in his life. He was never before a grand jury, let alone a trial jury,” Donoghue told Trump.

To Clark, he said derisively, according to Donoghue’s deposition, “How about you go back to your office, and we’ll call you when there’s an oil spill.”

Federal law enforcement authorities searched Clark’s home in Virginia last month. He sat down for a deposition with the House panel in January but cut it off. After the House Select Committee voted to Holding Clark in contempt of Congress, he later appeared before the panel but repeatedly asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, The Actualites reported. His testimony has not been made public.

Clark could not immediately be reached for comment. But a spokesperson for the Center for Renewing American, where Clark is a senior fellow, called him a “hero” for trying to overrule American voters’ choice for president.

“This is the latest attack on the legal credentials of one of the only DOJ attorneys who had the best interests of the American people at heart,” spokeswoman Rachel Semmel said.

Clark has 20 days to respond to the charges, according to Friday’s filing. He and his attorneys can present evidence in his defense and cross-examine witnesses. If he loses, he could have his lawyer’s license revoked.

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