< section data-eq-pts = xsmall: 0, medium: 460, large: 780, full16x9: 1100 data-vr-zone = zone-1-0 data-zone-label = bodyText data-containers = 32 data-zn-id = body-text > The special committee House investigating the January 6 insurgency subpoenaed Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department official who was instrumental in helping at the time- President Donald Trump in his efforts to overthrow theThe 2020 presidential election, the commission said on Wednesday. And former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen met with the committee in person for about eight hours on Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the matter. Rosen held the post during the final days of the Trump administration, and both actions underscore the panel's interest in learning more about how Trump tried to pressure senior officials to investigate on allegations of electoral fraud in the last days of the former president - an issue the committee has declared is the focus of its in-depth investigation into the events around January 6. Clark and Rosen have been widely featured in a recent report released by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee which emphasizedBorn the relentlessness of Trump and some of his top advisers as they focused on using the Justice Department to support bogus election conspiracy theories. Key takeaways from the Senate Judiciary Committee report on Trump's attempted coup The Senate report, which provided the re accountOne of the most comprehensive yet of Trump's efforts to overturn the election to date, described his conduct as an abuse of presidential power.Read moreWhile the chairman of the select committee Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, previously said While the panel viewed the Senate report as a useful resource in its investigation, the committee is now making it clear that it wants to hear from former DOJ officials directly. The Select Committee has already interviewed Rosen's former deputy, Richard Donoghue. Clark, a Trump-appointed environmental law chief in the Justice Department, has become a major figure in the emerging narrative of the behind-the-scenes efforts of Trump and his closest allies to orchestrate a coup in the United States. Ministry of Justice and peddling lies about electoral fraud. The Washington Post was thefirst to report that Clark could be subpoenaed as early as Wednesday. Politico reported for the The committee first interviewed Rosen on Wednesday. Based on documents uncovered by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is conducting its own investigation, Clark wrote a Dec. 28 letter to Georgian officials in which he falsely claimed that the Ministry of Justice Justice had found voting irregularities that affected the results of the presidential election in several states. The Ministry of Justice then made it clear that it had found no evidence of a change in the vote during the election. Clark wanted Rosen and Donoghue to sign the draft letter, but they both refused. In an email obtained by CNN, Donoghue said at the time, There is no way that I sign this letter or whatever it isoit at a distance like this ... from where I'm standing, it's not even within the realm of possibility. Further, in its subpoena, the committee quotes that Clark proposed a press conference announcing that the Justice Department was investigating allegations of electoral fraud. The select committee's investigation revealed credible evidence that you attempted to involve the Department of Justice in efforts to stop the peaceful transfer of power, the panel said in its letter of subpoena to Clark. These proposals were rejected by the department's leadership as they lacked a factual basis and were incompatible with the department's institutional role. The committee also referred to how Clark worked closely with Trump to come up with a plan to replace Rosen with himself and use the Justice Department to overturn the Georgia election results, and did not respect theMinistry directives. policy on contacts with the White House. Your efforts risked involving the Justice Department in actions that lacked evidence and threatened to subvert the rule of law, the subpoena said. The subpoena requires Clark to produce records and testify in a deposition on October 29. By subpoenaing Clark, the House committee is focused on efforts to challenge, overturn and question the validity of the subpoena. 2020 presidential election. Select committee must understand all the details of efforts within the previous administration to delay certification of the 2020 election and amplify misinformation about election results, said Thompson in a statement. We need to understand Mr. Clark in these efforts at the Justice Department and find out who was involved in the administration. The select committee expectse Mr. Clark is fully cooperating with our investigation. Clark's team has been discussing an entire interview pot on Capitol Hill for months, according to a person familiar with the matter. This summer, the Senate Judiciary Committee had contacted Clark for an interview before speaking to senior Justice Department officials who explained how Clark was a key part of Trump's plan to promote electoral fraud plots within the Justice Department. The subpoena now makes it likely that Clark will testify, according to a person familiar with his talks with the committee. His other option would be to decline to appear on Capitol Hill, which would lead to contempt charges. Justice whose colleagues have already testified about him, Clark's options are particularly limited, the person said. Clark's subpoena letter arrives as the committee faces a big semaine of periods of summons for the people whom they have already served ve. Kash Patel and Steve Bannon are due to drop off Thursday, and Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino are due to drop off the next day. Although the committee has indicated that Patel and Meadows are engaging with them, they have only recently been able to serve Scavino successfully, and Bannon has not cooperated so far. As those deadlines approach, committee members were united this week in declaring that criminal contempt should quickly be the next step for anyone defying their subpoena. title and this story were updated with further development on Wednesday. CNN's Evan Perez and Katelyn Polantz contributed to this report.