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Jeffrey Clark Jeffrey Clark, appearing at his confirmation hearing in 2017. (Photo: Senate Judiciary)

A reported plan involving a top U.S. Justice Department lawyer and the ouster of the acting U.S. attorney general to help former President Donald Trump advance his claims of voter fraud drew widespread condemnation Saturday and calls for an attorney ethics investigation and an independent inspector general probe.

The Justice Department lawyer, Jeffrey B. Clark, a former Kirkland & Ellis partner who had been serving as the acting head of the civil division since September, was named in a New York Times report on Friday as a central participant in discussions with Trump about an alleged scheme to remove Jeffrey Rosen, the acting attorney general at the time. Clark has said he “categorically” denies crafting a plan to remove Rosen.

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Mike Scarcella

Mike Scarcella is a senior editor in Washington on ALM Media's regulatory desk. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MikeScarcella. Mike works on a slate of newsletters: Supreme Court Brief | Higher Law | Compliance Hot Spots | Labor of Law.

C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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