Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department official during the Trump era, was subpoenaed to appear before the January 6 select committee on October 29.
“We need to understand Mr. Clark’s role in these efforts at the Department of Justice and who was involved in the administration,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi and one of the chairmen of the select committee.
The news comes after Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee released conflicting reports last week on the controversy surrounding accusations that former President Donald Trump pressured DOJ to investigate the allegations of electoral fraud.
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Democrats on the committee say Trump intended to follow through on Clark’s plan to send a letter to state legislatures asking them to appoint replacement voters and fire former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen.
“This report shows the American people how close we are to a constitutional crisis,” Judicial Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said of the report.
But the GOP report claims Trump “did not pressure” the DOJ to investigate specific allegations, citing several interviews with senior DOJ officials and Rosen.
The GOP report also downplayed Trump’s interest in Clark’s plan, arguing that a January 3 White House meeting only took place to “formally and ultimately decide the issues at stake, which were twofold. : whether or not to send Clark’s draft letter and whether to remove Rosen as acting attorney general and replace him with Clark. “
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Republicans said Trump “listened to all seven people” at the meeting, but noted that this “resulted in President Trump’s rejection of sending Clark’s draft letter and rejecting Rosen’s termination.”
The news also comes as Biden’s lawyer in the White House said to the archivist of the National Archives to turn over the Trump-era documents to the select committee, writing “the president further requests that you provide these pages 30 days after your notification to the former president, in the absence of any interim court order.”