Trump’s Justice Department ally faces ethics charges over plot to throw 2020 vote

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

Trump considered making Jeffrey Clarke — an environmental lawyer in the DOJ’s civil division — acting attorney general after William Barr resigned so Clarke could move forward with a plan to manipulate the election results.

Clark Wrote a draft letter On December 28, 2020, what then-White House counsel Pete Cipollone called a “murder-suicide deal”. He falsely claimed that the Justice Department had detected election fraud in several states.

Clark also outlined a plot for state legislatures to send bogus voters to Congress to disrupt the verification of the legitimate vote, which was won by Joe Biden. Document Filed Tuesday by the District of Columbia Bar’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Hamilton P. Fox III, disciplinary counsel for the DC Bar, accused Clark of attempting to engage in dishonesty and “conduct that would seriously interfere with the administration of justice.” According to the filing.

A draft of Clark’s letter was sent to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and several federal lawmakers.

According to the bar’s complaint, Clark repeatedly pressured Jeffrey Rosen, then acting attorney general, and Richard Donoghue, acting deputy attorney general, to sign and send the letter. Both Donoghue and Rosen refused and threatened to resign if the letter was sent, and they warned at the January 3 meeting that Mass resignations If it came to that.

“The letter to this man [Clark] wants to send — that letter is one. Contract of murder and suicideCipollone told Trump, according to a transcript of Donoghue’s interview with the House Select Committee investigating the actions surrounding the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. touches And we should have nothing to do with this letter.

But Trump wanted to know: “What do I have to lose? What do I have to lose if I do this?” Donoghue told members of the Jan. 6 panel.

Donoghue said he responded: “Mr. President, you have a great deal to lose. Do you really want your administration over? You’re going to hurt the country.”

Donoghue also attacked Clarke, who wanted Trump to nominate him as attorney general, as being woefully unqualified for the position and for using half-baked election fraud from the Internet to install Trump. was catching ideas.

“He’s never been a criminal lawyer. He’s never done a criminal investigation in his life. He’s never been in front of a grand jury, much less a trial jury,” Donoghue said he told Trump.

According to Donoghue’s statement, he said to Clark sarcastically: “How about you go back to your office, and We will call you when there is an oil spill.

Federal law enforcement officials searched Clark’s Virginia home last month. He sat down for a deposition with a House panel in January but cut it short. After the House Select Committee voted again. Hold Clark in contempt of Congress, that Later appeared before the panel. CNN reported, but repeatedly incriminated itself over its Fifth Amendment right. His testimony was not released.

Clark could not immediately be reached for comment. But a spokesman for the Center for Renewing Americans, where Clark is a senior fellow, called him one “Hero” for trying to reject the American electorate’s choice for president.

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

Clark has 20 days to respond to the charges, according to the filing Friday. He and his lawyers can present evidence in his defense and cross-examine witnesses. If he loses, his law license can be revoked.

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