'Astonishingly Improper': What Lawyers Are Saying About Reported Trump Scheme to Oust Acting US Attorney General
Jeffrey Clark, then acting head of the DOJ civil division and a former Kirkland & Ellis partner, denied he participated in any effort to remove Jeffrey Rosen, then the acting U.S. attorney general. "All my official communications were consistent with the law," Clark said, according to a New York Times report.
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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