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Justice Department Environment Pick Downplays BP Defense Work

June 28, 2017, 5:52 PM

Past work defending BP PLC after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and personal opposition to the EPA’s climate change efforts would have no bearing on running the Justice Department’s environmental office, President Donald Trump’s nominee said.

Jeffrey Bossert Clark told senators at his June 28 confirmation hearing that, if approved to head the Environment and Natural Resources Division, he would vigorously defend his federal agency clients just as he has defended corporate clients.

“Client agencies are the ones who make policies. I don’t think my personal views are relevant,” Clark said.

During the hearing, Democrats pressed him about his ...