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Huge blow for Ex-Trump lawyer involved in overturning Georgia election

Georgia – Many of Donald Trump former closest allies have been ‘left down the river’ after his first White House term and this especially applies to those who attempted to challenge the Georgia election outcomes. Among the most notable figures impacted is Rudy Giuliani, who became part of Trump’s personal legal team in April 2018 and has faced significant fallout for his role in the Georgia election case. Similarly, another Trump ally, Jeffrey Clark, is on the verge of encountering harsh consequences.

Trump’s legal cases

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, leads the presidential race according to numerous polls since the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, Trump is entangled in substantial legal issues, facing more than 90 charges across four separate prosecutions in Washington DC, Georgia, Florida, and New York. The strategy of Trump and his legal representatives leans towards postponing these trials until after the November election.

The Georgia case

In Georgia state court, Trump faces 13 felony counts for his alleged election interference in that state. A recording obtained by ABC News showed Trump asking Georgia’s Secretary of State to “find” the votes needed to win. The case is expected to continue after Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee found that the indictment alleges statements by Trump and 17 others charged in the case were made “in furtherance of criminal activity” and are not protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Former DOJ lawyer in problems

During Donald Trump’s time as president, Jeffrey Clark, who worked as a lawyer for the Justice Department (DOJ), might lose his ability to practice law. This is because he supposedly tried to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election where Trump lost. A group of three people from the District of Columbia Bar, known as the Board on Professional Responsibility, found on Thursday that Clark didn’t follow at least one rule for lawyers’ behavior. They think Clark should face disciplinary action that could include sanctions or the termination of his law license, according to Reuters.

Read also: California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff fears of Trump winning the presidential race

A nonbonding decision

This group’s opinion isn’t the final word, though. An appeals court in D.C. has to agree with them before any punishment takes place. While sanctions could vary, D.C. Bar Disciplinary Counsel Hamilton “Phil” Fox believes Clark should no longer be allowed to be a lawyer. On the other hand, Clark’s lawyer says their client didn’t do anything wrong. They say this is all about a disagreement inside the DOJ about what happened in the election after Trump’s defeat.

During Donald Trump's time as president, Jeffrey Clark, who worked as a lawyer for the Justice Department (DOJ), might lose his ability to practice law.
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Clark involvement

Jeffrey Clark, a former Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyer, faces two criminal charges related to efforts to undermine the 2020 Georgia election outcome. He is accused of trying to use his DOJ role to spread false claims that there was significant fraud in the 2020 election to help Donald Trump stay in office. This plan included the idea of “fake electors.” Although Clark’s job at the DOJ wasn’t about elections, he allegedly drafted a letter to falsely inform Georgia officials that the DOJ “identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election in multiple states.” This letter was, however, turned down by the top people at the DOJ.

Read also: New York law professor and attorney explains what Trump should face for ‘threatening’ Biden

The Georgia indictment

Last year in Fulton County, Georgia, Clark, along with Trump and 17 others, was charged with serious crimes. The former DOJ official was charged with felony counts of violating the state’s RICO act and criminally attempting to make false statements and writings. Clark said he did not commit these crimes. His possible punishment for his professional conduct comes just a week after a recommendation to remove the law license of John Eastman, another lawyer who worked for Trump and faced charges with Clark in Georgia, over actions taken after the 2020 election, by a judge in California.

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