Trump ally Clark ‘attempted coup’ at Justice Dept, ethics counsel says

Trump ally Clark ‘attempted coup’ at Justice Dept, ethics counsel says
Trump ally Clark ‘attempted coup’ at Justice Dept, ethics counsel says

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Jeffrey Clark is facing a disciplinary hearing which could see him lose his license to practice law. — Reuters pool pic

WASHINGTON, March 26 — Jeffrey Clark, a former senior official in the US Justice Department, attempted to enlist the agency in former President Donald Trump’s efforts to undo his 2020 election loss, a Washington ethics lawyer said today.

Clark is facing a disciplinary hearing which could see him lose his license to practice law. Trump tried to put Clark in charge of the Justice Department in his administration’s final days as he pushed false claims of widespread voter fraud in the election.

“What Mr. Clark was attempting to do was essentially a coup at the Department of Justice,” Hamilton “Phil” Fox, the District of Columbia Bar disciplinary counsel said in his opening argument.

The remark drew an objection from Clark’s defense lawyer, who was due to give his opening argument later.

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Clark, who served as acting head of the Justice Department’s civil division under Trump, faces a multi-day hearing on ethics charges that accuse him of attempting to take actions “involving dishonesty” and that “would seriously interfere with the administration of justice.”

Clark, who has denied violating legal ethics rules, wrote on social media yesterday that he is being targeted “because I am a Trump supporter who questioned the 2020 election.”

The hearing is being held by a three-member committee of the Board on Professional Responsibility, an arm of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. If it finds that Clark violated ethics rules, it could recommend that his license be suspended or revoked. The full board would take up such a recommendation, with final action in the hands of the appeals court.

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The D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which investigates lawyers accused of violating legal ethics rules, brought the case against Clark.

Trump is the Republican candidate challenging Democratic President Joe Biden in the November 5 US election. Trump faces criminal charges in state court in Georgia and federal court in Washington over his attempts to overturn his 2020 loss to Biden.

Clark is one of Trump’s co-defendants in the Georgia case and has pleaded not guilty. Clark is listed as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the federal case. The ethics panel is expected to delve into incidents relevant to those cases.

Clark attempted to send a letter to Georgia officials in December 2020 falsely claiming that the Justice Department had “identified significant concerns” that may have led to Trump’s loss in that state, according to charges filed in 2022.

Justice Department leaders found no evidence of widespread voter fraud and refused to send the letter. Trump backed off his plan to name Clark as acting attorney general after department leaders and top White House lawyers threatened to resign in protest.

Two of Clark’s Justice Department superiors - former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and former acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, have cooperated with the ethics probe and are expected to testify during the hearing.

Republican congressman Matt Gaetz, an outspoken Trump ally, and former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows may testify on Clark’s behalf, his lawyers said.

Similar ethics cases are being pursued in Washington against Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former lawyer, and three other lawyers involved in attempts to overturn the 2020 election. — Reuters

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