Founding partner Debra Katz and senior counsel Dan Edelman are among a group of 32 attorneys filing an ethics complaint with the D.C. Court of Appeals against former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, who allegedly sought to use his position to overturn President Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat.
According to the complaint, Clark proposed that he and two other DOJ officials send letters to state leaders making the unfounded claim that the department had “identified concerns” that could have affected the election’s outcome. Unlike other pro-Trump lawyers who have been sanctioned for their role in peddling conspiracy theories, Clark has not faced any consequences for his actions.
“Mr. Clark made false statements about the integrity of the election in a concerted effort to disseminate an official statement of the United States Department of Justice that the election results in multiple states were unreliable,” the group wrote in the complaint. “While his conduct mirrored that of other lawyers who have been sanctioned for false statements, they operated on a considerably more dangerous scale with commensurately greater risk to our democracy.”
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