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House committee subpoena Jeffrey Clark, Trump Justice ally

The special House committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol slapped another ally of former President Donald Trump with a subpoena and this time it was Jeffrey Clark, the former head of the Department of Justice who helped push Trump’s election fraud lies.

Clark’s name came up several times in the 400-page Senate Judiciary Committee report on Trump’s efforts to overthrow the 2020 election, released last week.

He had served in the Trump administration as assistant attorney general in the environment and natural resources division; Trump also appointed him acting head of the Justice Department’s civilian division last fall.

As previously reported, Clark personally met with Trump in late 2020 to find ways the Justice Department could help Trump stay in power.

The Senate report provided more details of Clark’s proposals, which included delivering a letter to lawmakers in states in Georgia and elsewhere advising them that the Justice Department was investigating voter fraud and urging them to disrupt the certification process. Clark also recommended holding a press conference to announce the ministry’s bogus investigation.

Both ideas were rejected by senior Justice Ministry officials. Clark was also not appointed acting attorney general, as Trump reportedly considered doing.

Jeffrey Clark speaks at a press conference at the Department of Justice on September 14, 2020.

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Either way, House committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) Said in a statement Wednesday that the panel “must understand all the details of the efforts being made within the administration. precedent to delay certification of the 2020 elections and amplify disinformation about election results.

“We need to understand Mr. Clark’s role in these efforts at the Department of Justice and who was involved in the administration,” Thompson said.

Clark is ordered to produce documents and appear for a hearing on October 29. The committee expects it to “fully cooperate” with its investigation.

Not all of his targets did.

Last week, at Trump’s direct request, former adviser Steve Bannon refused to comply with a January 6 committee subpoena, which also required him to produce documents and appear for a hearing. Bannon cited Trump’s claim to executive privilege, saying through his lawyer that he had no right to comply with the subpoena until the courts dealt with Trump’s claim.

Trump also told three other former associates not to cooperate with the committee; they include its former chief of staff Mark Meadows, former Defense Department official Kash Patel and former social media chief Dan Scavino. The committee said last week that Meadows and Patel were “engaging” with its members.

Citing the “unique and extraordinary circumstances” at stake, White House attorney Dana Remus said last week that President Joe Biden’s administration would not help Trump protect the records the committee wanted for reasons for executive privilege.