Lawyer tapped for Education role helped Trump campaign attack Clinton: report

Lawyer tapped for Education role helped Trump campaign attack Clinton: report

Candace E. Jackson has been picked as a deputy assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education, The Washington Post reported, citing a release from Pepperdine University law school.

Jackson is the lawyer who advised President Trump’s campaign by focusing on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE’s legal defense of a man who raped a 12-year-old-girl.

During an October 2016 presidential debate, Trump claimed that Clinton once laughed at a rape victim — an apparent allusion to a a 1975 case during which Clinton was appointed as a public defender for one of the two men accused of raping a 12-year-old.

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Jackson was Shelton’s lawyer at the time of the debate, NPR reported. 

The Washington Post reported that Jackson's new role would put her temporarily in charge of the DOE office responsible for enforcing civil rights laws in schools as well as school's handling of sexual assaults on campus. 

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve our country’s students and schools by joining the Department of Education, focusing on enforcing the civil rights of all students,”Jackson said in the report.

She also posted about the appointment on her personal website.

She will not be practicing law while she is active in the Trump administration.

Jackson told the Washington Post she won’t be starting her new role for another week.

The Education Department did not confirm Jackson’s appointment to the Post.

Jackson wrote a 2006 book titled, “Their Lives: Women Targeted by the Clinton Machine,” which tells the stories of Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick.

 During the campaign, Trump invited three women who accused former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMore adult Twitter users follow Obama than Trump: survey Pro-impeachment Democrats wary of Al Green's floor vote push Marching toward a debt crisis MORE of sexual misconduct as guests to a presidential debate. Jackson helped make travel arrangements for the women, the Post reported.