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NYPost: Stanford law prof Pamela Karlan quietly leaves DOJ amid attacks on ‘unethical’ $1M salary

Tom Jones, president of the American Accountability Foundation, said the timing of Karlan’s departure — which wasn’t advertised except for an update of verb tenses on her DOJ biography — was curious given his group’s escalating campaign against her.

“As the old cliche goes, you cannot serve two masters. Pamela Karlan was a paid employee at Stanford University when she was supposed to be serving the Department of Justice,” said Jones, a former Republican staffer on Capitol Hill.

“President Biden and [Attorney General] Merrick Garland enabled this unethical sweetheart deal to go after Americans. We’re glad that after our inquires into this extremist Trump-impeachment witness Pamela Karlan has quietly disappeared from the DOJ.”

Jones’ group FOIA-requested documents about Karlan’s appointment on May 26 — and the next day registered the attack website, which slammed her criticism of an Arizona audit of the 2020 election and her opinion that a Supreme Court ruling against employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity applied to schools.

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Below is the release put out in response to this story:

For Immediate Release July 13, 2022 Contact:

After Exposure by AAF, Pamela Karlan Quietly Leaves DOJ and Ethically Questionable Position

Washington, D.C. — American Accountability Foundation (AAF) released the following statement upon learning that Pamela Karlan left her position in the Department of Justice (DOJ) “to return to teaching” at Stanford Law as of July 1, 2022:

“As the old cliche goes, you cannot serve two masters. Pamela Karlan was a paid employee at Stanford University when she was supposed to be serving the Department of Justice. Not only that, she was using her perch as the highest-paid government employee to push her radical-Soros agenda like suing states for protecting their elections and pushing trans-ideology on kindergarteners. And President Biden and Merrick Garland enabled this unethical sweetheart deal to go after Americans. We're glad that after our inquiries into this extremist, Trump-impeachment witness Pamela Karlan resulted in her quiet disappearance from the DOJ,” said Tom Jones, Founder of the American Accountability Foundation.


February 2021: Karlan joined the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice in February 2021.

March 2021: Karlan authored a DOJ Memo that provided a framework for the Biden Administration to implement the trans agenda in public schools.

April 2021: Karlan co-authored a DOJ Statement of Interest expressing the opinion of the DOJ that prisons should provide sex reassignment surgery and hormones to transgender inmates.

May 2021: Karlan sent a letter pressuring the President of the Arizona Senate to stop Arizona's effort to verify voter rolls with door-to-door canvassers.

May 26, 2022: AAF sends a FOIA request to get calendars, travel expenses, and the IPA Agreement relating to Pamela Karlan.

June 24, 2022: DOJ stonewalls AAF and provides a response saying it will take a substantial amount of time to locate Pamela Karlan’s IPA agreement.

July 1, 2022: Pamela Karlan’s last day with the Department of Justice.

July 5, 2022: DOJ finally responds to AAF’s FOIA request for Pamela Karlan’s IPA Agreement.

One of the many things that made this appointment unacceptable for the American people was that Karlan was not an employee of the Department of Justice, but rather Stanford University, under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement. Under that agreement, Karlan received her nearly $1 million Stanford Law School salary while on detail to the DOJ making her the highest-paid attorney working in the DOJ.

Karlan was paid by Stanford University, so any action she would take at the Department of Justice would be colored by her need to serve her employer, Stanford, not be serving the needs of the American people. Karlan has a long history as an outspoken liberal attorney and activist that raises serious questions about her suitability to fairly oversee our nation’s election laws. Recently, in June of 2022, AAF launched, along with paid digital ads to highlight the glaring conflict of interest between her employer Stanford, and the best interests of the American people she purported to serve.

The American Accountability Foundation is a non-profit government oversight and research organization that uses investigative tools to educate the public on issues related to personnel, policy, and spending. AAF deploys aggressive research and investigations to advance conservative messaging, rapid response, and Congressional investigations, while heavily scrutinizing politicians and establishment organizations, policies, and projects.


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