Just how unqualified was Jeff Clark, the man Donald Trump wanted to install as Attorney General? Well, for starters, he’s the guy whose home the F.B.I. raided Wednesday.
But before that…
“When he finished discussing what he planned on doing, I said ‘(expletive), congratulations. You just admitted your first step you would take as A.G. would be committing a felony. You’re clearly the right candidate for this job,’” former Trump White House attorney Eric Herschmann was heard testifying via pre-recorded video on Thursday.
During the fifth January 6 hearing, Herschmann testified about what he told Jeffrey Clark, a lower D.O.J. official who oversaw environmental law enforcement and whom Trump wanted to install as acting attorney general to help overturn the election results, during an Oval meeting in which Trump continued his relentless pressure on the D.O.J. to help him overturn the election.
“I told Clark the only thing he knew was that ‘environmental and election both start with e, and I’m not even sure you know that.’”
Former deputy acting attorney general Richard Donoghue also recalled in audio testimony Trump lawyer Pat Cipollone weighing in on the letter Clark wanted to send, saying it was a “murder-suicide pact… we should have nothing to do with that letter.”
Donoghue recalled telling Clark that he wasn’t even competent to serve as the Attorney General and Clark tried to justify himself by saying he’d done very complicated appeals and environmental litigation.
“And I said ‘that is right, you are an environmental lawyer. Go back to your office and we will call you when there is an oil spill.’”
“I said that is right, you are an environmental lawyer. Go back to your office and we will call you when there is an oil…