June 13, 2024

Kristen Clarke Asked for Statement During Nomination, Ex Says

FIRST ON THE DAILY SIGNAL—The Justice Department’s Kristen Clarke allegedly reached out to her ex-husband Reginald Avery in May 2021, he informed The Daily Signal, asking him for an announcement saying that she was not a home abuser throughout a nomination course of the place she didn’t disclose her previous arrest.

The revelation is critical provided that Clarke, at the moment, had been nominated for a high-ranking place within the Department of Justice however selected to not disclose her 2006 arrest throughout a home violence incident.

The Daily Signal first revealed the existence of that arrest, and its subsequent expungement, in an April 30 report that has prompted calls for her resignation from figures together with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

Kristen Clarke is in charge of enforcing civil rights laws,” said Lee on April 30. “She enforces those laws aggressively against anyone who sneezes near an abortion clinic. And not at all against those who vandalize churches. She lied under oath during her confirmation proceedings, and should resign.”

New allegations point out that Clarke sought her ex-husband’s assist dealing with the potential publicization of her arrest simply days earlier than she was formally confirmed.

Avery: Clarke Requested a Statement

In May 2021, as some proof emerged that Clarke might need an arrest in her background, Avery says that Clarke known as him together with her publicist on the road. According to Avery, Clarke requested him to supply her with an announcement that clarified she was not a home abuser.

At this level, Clarke’s April 14, 2021, nomination listening to with the Senate Judiciary Committee had already taken place. She had already submitted her “responses for the record” to senators.

That consists of her reply to Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton’s query: “Since becoming a legal adult, have you ever been arrested for or accused of committing a violent crime against any person?”

“No,” Clarke responded.

Avery says that at Clarke’s request, he despatched an e-mail on May 19, 2021, to his ex-wife’s publicist, Clothilde Ewing. The e-mail, which he shared with The Daily Signal, learn: “Kristen Clarke was not an abuser in our relationship.”

Clarke didn’t find yourself publicly utilizing the assertion from Avery, which associated to a 2006 incident whereby Avery says she was arrested after she allegedly stabbed him with a knife. Earlier this month, following the publication of The Daily Signal’s report, Clarke accused Avery of being a domestic abuser however confirmed that she had not disclosed the arrest.

Avery informed The Daily Signal that Clarke and Ewing (who didn’t reply to requests for remark) wished him to say that Clarke was not “the” abuser of their relationship. He selected to say “an” slightly than “the” to keep away from giving the impression that he himself was an abuser, he shared.

Since Clarke and Avery share a son (who’s now 19), Avery mentioned he was keen to place the matter to to relaxation. He mentioned his understanding on the time was that Clarke was going through underhanded assaults from conservatives and that his assertion would “bring closure to the whole thing.” He doesn’t have a document of the 2021 telephone name.

“I thought it was harmless,” he defined of the e-mail. “Looking back, it was a huge mistake, but I didn’t foresee any of this coming. So it was probably stupid on my part. But the bottom line is, they did approach me.”

The similar day that Avery despatched this e-mail to Ewing, the American Accountability Foundation (AAF)’s Tom Jones published a report on AAF’s findings that the FBI didn’t correctly vet Clarke when it didn’t interview Avery.

AAF had distributed that report back to its lists round 11:30 a.m. on May 19, 2021. Avery couldn’t recall the precise day on which Clarke known as him, however his e-mail to Ewing was despatched at 11:50 a.m. on May 19, 2021.

Jones beforehand informed The Daily Signal that he started digging into Clarke’s background throughout her nomination course of and spoke to Avery across the similar time. In early May 2021 textual content messages, Avery informed Jones that Clarke attacked him with a knife, slicing his finger to the bone, throughout a home dispute in July 2006.

“The accusations against Kristen Clarke of lying to Congress and domestic violence are deeply troubling,” Jones informed The Daily Signal final week. “Clearly she does not possess the character or integrity to be in any position of power. She must resign now.”

Clarke was confirmed to the DOJ, to steer the Civil Rights Division, on May 25, 2021.

Clarke Accuses Ex-Husband of Domestic Abuse

The revelation comes after The Daily Signal revealed a report April 30 highlighting proof that Clarke had not disclosed a 2006 arrest and subsequent expungement throughout her 2021 nomination to the DOJ—after which explicitly denied ever having been arrested to Cotton in an interview April 21, 2021.

Clarke has not responded to requests for remark from The Daily Signal, although the DOJ acknowledged receipt of those requests. She did speak to CNN earlier this month, nevertheless, confirming that she didn’t disclose the arrest and expungement and alleging that Avery domestically abused her.

He denied that he had abused his ex-wife in an announcement to The Daily Signal, although he did say that Clarke bought a restraining order in opposition to him shortly earlier than he moved out of their shared residence as they had been getting divorced (courtroom data present that Avery and Clarke finalized their contentious divorce in 2009).

Clarke bought the order “after an argument,” Avery informed The Daily Signal. “It was temporary but I just moved out anyway. She lied in court then too. Bunch of nonsense … but I just got my own place. I was so over it.”

That restraining order was the topic of an inquiry from The Washington Post to AAF’s Jones: On May 19, 2021, The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin reached out to Jones asking about his “allegation regarding Kristen Clarke’s role in domestic abuse.”

Rubin’s press inquiry to Jones included a question about Avery (who says that Rubin by no means really reached out to him).

“Do you have any comment on court documents showing she successfully obtained a restraining order against Reginald Avery?” Rubin requested Jones, who replied with an announcement “unequivocally” condemning home violence and calling for a correct investigation into Clarke’s background.

Rubin didn’t reply to inquiries from The Daily Signal as to why she finally didn’t write her story.

Ewing, who Avery mentioned is Clarke’s publicist, is a youngsters’s creator who beforehand labored for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” for former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and for former President Barack Obama’s reelection marketing campaign. Ewing additionally has not responded to requests for remark from The Daily Signal.

Calls for Clarke to Resign

The Daily Signal’s reporting on Clarke prompted calls for her to resign from Lee, the New York Post Editorial Board, and extra. In early May, a gaggle of conservative leaders called on Clarke to resign from her management place in a letter despatched to the high-ranking DOJ official.

“The American people have lost trust in your ability to lead the Civil Rights Division,” reads a letter to Clarke, signed by Advancing American Freedom Executive Director Paul Teller, American Accountability Foundation’ Jones, Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins, and CatholicVote President Brian Burch. “We request that you resign immediately.”

That letter repeatedly references The Daily Signal’s reporting and attaches a replica of the unique report itself. It additionally factors to Clarke’s enforcement of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act in opposition to pro-life activists.

“The American people deserve a Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice led with honesty and integrity,” the letter says. “Since taking over the Civil Rights Division, you have weaponized the Department of Justice by wielding the FACE Act against pro-life Americans in an unprecedented manner—even while standing idly by as churches and pro-life pregnancy centers are vandalized, and Jewish students are unable to attend class on college campuses.”

The DOJ didn’t reply to requests for remark for this story.

‘She Went to Jail’

When Jones reached out to Avery as a part of his 2021 investigation into Clarke’s background and police data, the 2 males mentioned the July 4, 2006, incident over textual content messages.

“I was seeing another woman,” Avery shared within the May 2021 textual content message trade. “She was angry. Attacked me with a knife. I instinctively grabbed it. As I said earlier, I’m not blameless.”

“That’s the story,” Avery insisted. “That’s what happened. She went to jail.”

Prince George’s County Police Department data present that the division was known as on 9 totally different events by somebody at Avery’s and Clarke’s Upper Marlboro, Maryland, family between May 2003 and December 2007.

Seven of these calls had been for a “threat” or some sort of home violence, however most had been cleared with no report. The July 4, 2006, name was made by “Mr. Reginald” (Avery’s first title) and accompanied by a 760 code, in line with a mainframe print-out from Prince George’s County computer-aided dispatch system obtained by The Daily Signal.

That 760 code is the division’s clearance code for “arrest,” the Prince George County Police Department confirmed. That name was not cleared for 4 hours. Avery says it was Clarke who was arrested. Clarke has not addressed the precise incident.

The DOJ official’s ex-husband additionally shared with Jones that on the evening of the incident, he known as 911 as a result of his damage and the “cops came because [his] finger was cut off.” (Avery clarified to The Daily Signal that the finger was sliced to the bone, not reduce off.) Police allegedly determined to arrest Clarke, and Avery mentioned he went to the emergency room in Bowie, Maryland, for the damage.

Jones and Avery speculated through 2021 textual content messages about why Clarke would conceal the arrest.

“I assume she just thinks she won’t get caught,” Jones queried, to which Avery responded on the time, “Yes, the arrogance has always been there. But I don’t understand lying on a federal application.”