Former acting Attorney General Neal Katyal retaliated sharply at Jeffrey Clark after Donald Trump’s ally attacked him for taking part in Burning Man.
“Jeff Clark was a key participant, Lawrence, in one of the most neo-pagan rituals of all, the worship of Donald Trump,” Katyal told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Tuesday night.
“And you’d think that a man facing a ban from his job, federal criminal charges, and the possibility of further federal charges all at the same time would have better things to do than troll people online, and quite frankly, troll badly.”
Clark, one of Trump’s 18 co-defendants in the Georgia racketeering charge, bizarrely attacked Katyal over the weekend for attending the Nevada festival, writing, “Why am I not surprised Neal Katyal made it a priority.” made to arrive at a neo-pagan ritual? ?
“Pray for these people to come to light and see that the only way is through and to our Lord,” he added.
Katyal first replied to X (formerly Twitter) and indicates that he is Hindu.
“Are you suggesting that I don’t belong in this country?” he wrote.
On MSNBC, Katyal said, “I’ve heard this crap my whole life.”
“Go home, go back where you came from, pray to the only true God, Lord, things like that,” he said.
He also extended an invitation to the former DOJ official.
“Finally, I would probably invite Mr. Clark to attend Burning Man next year to see what it’s all about, but I have a strong suspicion that he may not be allowed to leave the state of Georgia until next summer. ” he said.
Clark’s dig had focused on a comment from Katyal on the festival, which the former Obama administration official had described as “amazing” right up until the end, when torrential rain stranded thousands of visitors in the desert.
Katyal documented his “harrowing 6-mile trek” out of the remote location and offered tips for others trying to get out or hide.
Clark is charged in Fulton County with violating the Georgia crime statute and criminally attempting to commit false testimony and writings.
He was a key ally at the Justice Department, championing Trump’s voter fraud lies and backing the former president’s push to overturn the 2020 election.
He has been identified as an unnamed co-conspirator in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s federal indictment against Trump over the former president’s coup attempt.
Clark also faces Ethics allegations by lawyers in Washington, DC, which could result in disciplinary action up to and including disqualification from the profession.