DC Circuit questions Jeff Clark’s bid to quash ethics case

By Pamela King, Samantha Latson | 05/10/2024 01:24 PM EDT

Trump’s top environmental lawyer is at risk of disbarment for helping subvert the 2020 election.

Former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark.

Former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Federal judges on Friday appeared unlikely to side with Jeffrey Bossert Clark in a case that could result in the former head of the Justice Department’s environment division losing his license to practice law.

During oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Clark’s attorney made the case that a disciplinary action against his client in a Washington court belongs instead before federal judges.

A win for Clark would protect him from the “local passion and prejudice” of a nonfederal entity examining the actions of a former U.S. official, said his lawyer, Harry MacDougald.


Judges of the D.C. Circuit questioned the practicality of the request from Clark, who appeared in court Friday to watch the argument.