Biden Taps Another Corrupt Nominee For Top Position

While Saule Omarova was the third Biden nominee to be taken out of consideration this week, there are still other controversial nominees who should be on the radar. Most recently, the AAF (American Accountability Foundation) has filed a complaint on John Coffey with the NY Bar. The Biden Administration in Aug. tapped John Coffey for the U.S. Dept. of the Navy’s general counsel.

The complaint had requested that the NY Bar start an investigation into Coffey’s violations of Rule 7.2 in the Rules of Professional Conduct, which says that: “A lawyer must not compensate or provide anything of value to an individual or organization to suggest or obtain work by a client, or by being rewarded for making a suggestion resulting in being employed by a client.”

Specifically, the complaint “doesn’t maintain that Mr. Coffey has violated laws but instead violated the highest standard of professional conduct that attorneys in NY are held to.”

The complaint claims that Coffey as a person, as well as a managing partner at Bernstein Litowitz Berger and Grossmann LLP, took part in many “pay-to-play” schemes that continued for years. The almost 100-page complaint lists out charitable contributors, campaign donations and other benefits provided to elected individuals to whose agencies John Coffey and the firm were seeking representation or soliciting for business in pension shareholder suits.

“Mr. Coffey’s behavior has reflected poor judgement and has brought discredit to the legal profession and the U.S. government and should be sanctioned by the Grievance Committee,” the complaint stated.

Examples of this include Coffey donating to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund that was associated with Detroit’s former Dem Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, with Kilpatrick taking about $200,000 from the fund for his own personal expenses.

While Coffey is based in NY, he and BLB&G had also made donations to state parties and campaigns in Ohio, as well as numerous candidates in Louisiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Mississippi and Rhode Island.

The complaint also claimed that “Mr. Coffey, both by personal means and through his law firm, had been using campaign donations to secure and retain highly profitable pension fund representational companies, a practice that is not allowed by the Rules of Professional Conduct.” In the complaint, it also claims that whether Mr. Coffey and his companies would have received these contracts with the state pension funds or from their political contributions is untraceable because he has so perverted and polluted the process with illicit donations.”

Coffey turned his resignation in to BLB&G in Oct. 2009 to make a run for the position of NY’s attorney general as a Dem for the election of 2010, though he lost the race in the primary to Eric Schneiderman.

“Over the past few years, the Navy has been shaken by procurement scandals, so now it’s more important than it’s ever been that the Navy leadership have the highest ethical standards,” AAF’s founder, Tom Jones, stated in a news release for Townhall. “Unfortunately, Coffey’s known history of trading contributions to his campaign for companies at his law firm shows he’s the wrong person to right the wrong at the Navy. That is why we filed a complaint with the NY Bar and why the Senate should not accept his nomination.”

Author: Scott Dowdy