Jeffrey Clark, a former top environmental lawyer at the Trump justice department accused of plotting with Trump to undermine the 2020 election results in Georgia and other states, is facing ethics investigations in Washington that could lead to possible disbarment, as well as a watchdog inquiry that might result in a criminal referral. Clark led the Justice Department’s environment division for almost two years and then ran its civil division.
The investigation was provoked by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL), who has asked the DC Bar’s disciplinary counsel to examine Clark’s conduct and possibly sanction him. The report provides overwhelming evidence that Jeffrey Clark became “a witting pawn of Trump’s” in trying to launch a coup in the justice department, which would then serve as the launching pad for the broader coup whose aim was to overturn the results of the election.” The report noted Clark repeatedly tried to entice Rosen into “helping Trump’s election subversion scheme”, including by telling Rosen that if he agreed to join their effort to overturn election results, Clark would then turn down an offer Trump had made that would appoint him Attorney General in place of Rosen.
The panel’s subsequent 394-page report followed an eight-month inquiry and included voluntary testimony from former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy, Richard Donoghue. Their report details how Clark schemed privately with Trump about ways to pressure Rosen to help launch an inquiry into baseless charges of voting fraud in Georgia and other states that Joe Biden won. The Senate report also provided new details about the secretive pressure tactics deployed by Trump and Clark to persuade Rosen to go along with their schemes to help nullify Biden’s win. Even after Trump ally, Attorney General William Barr, publicly stated on December 1, 2020, that the election results were “not marred by fraud that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Clark still actively worked to overturn the election.
The Senate report was also shared with the House Select Committee that has been investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters, and Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results. On October 13th, the Committee issued a subpoena seeking deposition testimony, and it requested records from Clark by October 29th, after reportedly struggling to get his cooperation.
Big News: the @January6thCmte has just subpoenaed former acting AG Jeffrey Clark.⁰⁰A Senate report revealed Clark drafted a letter urging state legislatures to nullify Joe Biden’s election. We need the full story behind this attack on our constitutional democracy.
— Rep. Jamie Raskin (@RepRaskin) October 13, 2021
Clark’s covert efforts to help Trump have been under scrutiny by the current inspector general at the justice department, Michael Horowitz, since January, when news reports surfaced about his scheming with Trump to help overturn the election results by spurring an investigation in Georgia focused on baseless claims of voting fraud.
"The Select Committee's investigation has revealed credible evidence that you attempted to involve the Department of Justice in efforts to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power."
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) October 13, 2021
It’s unclear when the inspector general inquiry will be concluded, but depending on the findings, a criminal referral could result. Clark was asked by the Senate panel to testify voluntarily in July but declined to appear.