There's always a Jeff Clark

A lot of us lawyer types are aghast at this story in the Times yesterday. Orange Caligula held a mini-Apprentice show in the White House, where a top Justice Department lawyer, Jeff Clark, was tasked with making the case for firing the acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, and seizing power as a dictator. And he did so enthusiastically!

That wasn't all he did.
As December wore on, Mr. Clark mentioned to Mr. Rosen and Mr. Donoghue that he spent a lot of time reading on the internet — a comment that alarmed them because they inferred that he believed the unfounded conspiracy theory that Mr. Trump had won the election. Mr. Clark also told them that he wanted the department to hold a news conference announcing that it was investigating serious accusations of election fraud. Mr. Rosen and Mr. Donoghue rejected the proposal....

Mr. Clark was also focused on Georgia. He drafted a letter that he wanted Mr. Rosen to send to Georgia state legislators that wrongly said that the Justice Department was investigating accusations of voter fraud in their state, and that they should move to void Mr. Biden’s win there....

Unbeknown to the acting attorney general, Mr. Clark’s timeline moved up. He met with Mr. Trump over the weekend, then informed Mr. Rosen midday on Sunday that the president intended to replace him with Mr. Clark, who could then try to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results. He said that Mr. Rosen could stay on as his deputy attorney general, leaving Mr. Rosen speechless.
Even Clark's former boss, Bill Barr, had been smart enough to exit stage left before this garbage really got going. But not Clark.

There's always a Jeff Clark. Or a Robert Bork. The dictators never get there all alone.

Both Barr and Clark came to government from the prestigious law firm Kirkland & Ellis. So did Rosen. That firm was a veritable spawning ground for all sorts of Trump administration attorneys. Including one well-connected Portland native, I see.

Shame on them all.