U.S. Solicitor General Granted Ethics Waiver on Discriminatory Admissions Lawsuit Despite Conflict of Interest with Harvard
- January 5, 2022
Breccan F. Thies, Breitbart News
U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, a Harvard law professor prior to joining the Biden administration, has been granted a waiver to the Biden Ethics Pledge allowing her to work on a lawsuit brought against her former employer by Asian American students.
Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College is a case brought by students against the school claiming their admissions policies discriminate against Asian Americans. The students, who lost in the U.S. First Circuit, have appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Without the ethics waiver from the Department of Justice, Prelogar would have been prohibited from working on the case. Government ethics watchdog, Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), tracks public officials who receive ethics waivers. In this case, PPT filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking records on the Solicitor General’s involvement in the case.