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Rep. Hank Johnson calls for investigation into ‘racist, bigoted conduct’ of federal law clerk

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington.
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington.
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U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia is leading the call for an investigation into why two federal judges would hire a law clerk with a documented history of “racist, bigoted conduct.”

In a letter to the Supreme Court and to the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, Johnson recounts several troubling but very public instances where the newly-hired clerk used racist and bigoted language. For example, when she worked for the right-wing group Turning Point USA, she’s alleged to have sent a text message to co-workers that said “I HATE BLACK PEOPLE. Like f[—] them all.”

WABE’s legal analyst Page Pate discussed the situation with “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress, and started by putting into perspective how important the relationship is between a clerk to a federal judge.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.