Ex-DOJ environment chief faces ethics charges

By Pamela King | 07/22/2022 01:36 PM EDT

Jeffrey Bossert Clark is being investigated by the D.C. bar for pursuing baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 election.

Jeffrey Bossert Clark at the Justice Department on Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington.

The D.C. Bar Office of Disciplinary Counsel has filed ethics charges against Jeffrey Bossert Clark. Then-acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Clark is pictured next to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference at the Justice Department on Oct. 21, 2020. Yuri Gripas-Pool/Getty Images

D.C. Bar disciplinary officials have filed ethics charges against former Justice Department environment chief Jeffrey Bossert Clark, who faces allegations that he helped former President Donald Trump to pursue baseless claims of election fraud in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

The complaint, dated Tuesday, cites evidence that Clark worked to get DOJ officials’ endorsement of a letter falsely casting doubt on results from Georgia and other key states where President Joe Biden had prevailed over Trump in the 2020 election. The complaint was filed by the D.C. Bar Office of Disciplinary Counsel with the D.C. Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility.

D.C. Bar disciplinary counsel asked that the board “consider whether the Respondent violated the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct, and, if so, that it impose/recommend appropriate discipline.”


Clark’s alleged actions — which include an attempted ouster of then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen — failed after high-level DOJ officials met with Trump on Jan. 3 and threatened to resign.

The events have been a key focus of recent hearings by the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, which last year voted to hold Clark in contempt for failing to cooperate with their probe (E&E Daily, June 24).

Law enforcement officials last month searched Clark’s home ahead of the committee hearing that focused on the former head of DOJ’s environment division. In late 2020 and early 2021, Clark had also been serving as acting head of DOJ’s Civil Division.

Following the search, former White House Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought urged “patriots” to defend Clark and fight “the weaponization of government” (E&E News PM, June 23).

Vought is now president of the Center for Renewing America, where Clark works.