A House committee has subpoenaed Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who was accused of repeatedly trying to take advantage of his position in order to stop the 2020 election.
Clark was briefly in charge of the Civil Division department during Trump’s final days. He has been a key figure in former President Joe Biden’s attempts to deny his election.
“The Select Committee 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,” committee chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said. “We need to understand Mr. Clark’s role in these efforts at the Justice Department and learn who was involved across the administration. The Select Committee expects Mr. Clark to cooperate fully with our investigation.”
Last week, Clark was featured prominently in a damning Senate Judiciary Committee report that found he attempted to countermand the top leaders at the department by drafting a letter to Georgia officials seeking to delay the state’s certification of election results.
Thompson added that Thompson suggested holding a press conference in which the department would announce the fact that it was looking into allegations of voter fraud, even though there was no evidence to support such fraud. “Both proposals were rejected by department senior leadership for lacking a factual basis and being inconsistent with the department’s institutional role.”
Members of the Committee said that they will be filing a contempt-of-Congress case against Steve Bannon (ex-Trump aide), who stated he would resist a subpoena to records and testimony, as Trump asserts executive privilege.
Committee lawyers are negotiating deposition rules with attorneys for three other Trump aides who have been subpoenaed: former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and Kash Patel, the chief of staff to the acting defense secretary on Jan. 6.
Although the committee plans to hold depositions in this week’s meeting, none has been officially announced.
Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, tweeted Wednesday, that he was looking forward to Steve Bannon’s testimony tomorrow and hearing all evidence and testimony that we had subpoenaed. It is both a legal and civic obligation to disclose information about the most violent assault on Congress since War of 1812.
However, Bannon has no plans of showing.
Trump and his allies have attempted to downplay the violence of Jan. 6, and have criticized Congress’ efforts to investigate. Trump has called the investigation “the Unselect Committees Witch Hunt on the events of January 6th.”