The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol assault has slapped one other ally of former President Donald Trump with a subpoena ― and this time, it’s Jeffrey Clark, the previous Justice Department official who helped push Trump’s election fraud lies.
Clark’s title got here up repeatedly within the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 400-page report on Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election that was launched final week.
He had served within the Trump administration as assistant lawyer basic of the setting and pure assets division; Trump additionally named him performing head of the Justice Department’s civil division final fall.
As had been beforehand reported, Clark personally met with Trump in late 2020 to plot methods the Justice Department may assist Trump keep in energy.
The Senate report offered extra particulars on Clark’s propositions, which included delivering a letter to state legislators in Georgia and elsewhere notifying them that the Justice Department was investigating voter fraud and inspiring them to disrupt the certification course of. Clark additionally really helpful holding a press convention to announce the division’s bogus investigation.
Both concepts have been knocked down by senior Justice Department officers. Nor was Clark put in as performing lawyer basic, as Trump had reportedly thought of doing.
Regardless, the House committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), mentioned in an announcement Wednesday that the panel “needs to understand all the details about efforts inside the previous administration to delay the certification of the 2020 election and amplify misinformation about the election results.”
“We need to understand Mr. Clark’s role in these efforts at the Justice Department and learn who was involved across the administration,” Thompson mentioned.
Clark is ordered to provide documentation and seem for a listening to on Oct. 29. The committee expects him “to cooperate fully” with its investigation.
Not all of its targets have achieved so.
Last week, at Trump’s direct urging, former adviser Steve Bannon refused to adjust to a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee, which equally required him to provide paperwork and seem for a listening to. Bannon cited Trump’s declare to government privilege, saying by means of his lawyer that he didn’t have the suitable to adjust to the subpoena till the courts had addressed Trump’s declare.
Trump equally informed three different former associates to not cooperate with the committee; they embrace his former chief of workers Mark Meadows, former Defense Department official Kash Patel and former social media chief Dan Scavino. The committee mentioned final week that Meadows and Patel are “engaging” with its members.
Citing the “unique and extraordinary circumstances” at play, White House counsel Dana Remus mentioned final week that President Joe Biden’s administration wouldn’t assist Trump defend information the committee needs on the grounds of government privilege.