The committee has requested testimony and documents from the little-known former public servant who urged his colleagues to prosecute Donald J. Trump's election frauds.
WASHINGTON - House committee investigating the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill issued a subpoena to Jeff on Wednesdayrey Clark, a former Justice Department official under President Donald J. Trump who was involved in Mr. Trump's frantic efforts to overthrow the 2020 presidential election.
Summons seeks testimony and files from Mr. Clark, a little-known official who repeatedly urged his colleagues at the Department of Justice to help Mr. Trump fix his loss. The panel's attention to him indicates that he is deepening his examination of the root causes of the attack, which disrupted a session of Congress called to count the electoral votes formalizing President Biden's victory.
"The select committee must understand all the details of the efforts made within the previous administration to delay the certification of electionss 2020 and amplify misinformation about election results, "said Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat and committee chair, in a statement." We need to understand Mr. Clark's role in these efforts at the ministry. of Justice and find out who was involved in the administration. "
The subpoena was on the 19th is being continued as part of the investigation of the Chamber, and it is the panel prepared for a potential legal battle with at least one potential witness, Stephen K. Bannon, a former adviser to Mr. Trump who refused to cooperate. Committee leaders threatened last week to press charges against Mr Bannon in response.
On Wednesday, Mr Thompson said that the panel expects Mr. Clark to cooperatefully with our investigation. "
The Senate Judiciary Committee said last week that there was credible evidence that Mr. Clark was involved in efforts to halt the peaceful transfer of power , citing his proposal to deliver a letter to state lawmakers in Georgia and others urging them to delay certification of election results.
The Senate committee also said Mr Clark recommended holding a press conference announcing that the Justice Department was investigating allegations of electoral fraud, in accordance with repeated requests from Mr. Trump, despite the lack of evidence of fraud. Both proposals were rejected by senior officials in the department.
Le Hfrance.fr reported in January that Mr. Clark had also discussed with Mr. Trump a plan to oust the interim attorney general , Jeffrey A. Rosen , and wielding the ministry's power to force Georgian state lawmakers to overturn the presidential election results. Mr Clark denied the account, based on accounts from four former Trump administration officials who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal.
The Chamber's subpoena requires Mr. Clark to produce records and testify at trial. 'a deposition on October 29.
Last week, the committee issued subpoenas to the organisers of the “Stop the Steal” rally which took place on the Capitol grounds before the violence. The panel issued subpoenas to 11 other people associated with the rallies as well as four allies of Mr. Trump who it said were in communication with him before and during the attack.