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On January 6, panel subpoena a former Justice Department official over Trump’s attempt to deny Biden’s election victory

Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the Capitol as police cleanse the building with tear gas in Washington on January 6, 2021.

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The House special committee investigating the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill subpoenaed former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark on Wednesday, citing evidence he tried to disrupt Donald’s post-election transfer of power Trump to Joe Biden.

Clark, the former acting deputy attorney general in the Justice Department’s civil division, was subpoenaed for documents and to appear for deposition on Oct. 29, the House panel said.

In a letter, the committee said it found “credible evidence” that Clark attempted to involve the DOJ “in efforts to halt the peaceful transfer of power.”

Select committee chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Said investigators should know “full details of efforts within the previous administration to delay certification of the 2020 election and amplify misinformation 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. The select committee expects Mr Clark to cooperate fully with our investigation,” Thompson said. .

Jeff Clark, Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, September 14, 2020.

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