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Politics Trump Justice Department official subpoenaed by January 6 committee

09:40  14 october  2021
09:40  14 october  2021 Source:   cbsnews.com

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The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is sharpening its focus on former President Trump , sending a subpoena Thursday to a former Justice Department official allegedly near the heart of the former president's efforts to overturn the election results. The committee said it wanted records and testimony from Jeffrey Clark who attempted to use Department of Justice resources to delay the certification of 2020 election results, according to a report released last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee .

The House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection is expected to subpoena Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department official who was integral to helping then-President Donald Trump in his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, according to sources familiar with the matter. © SUSAN WALSH/AFP/POOL/Getty Images Jeff Clark, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington in September 2020.

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is sharpening its focus on former President Trump, sending a subpoena Thursday to a former Justice Department official allegedly near the heart of the former president's efforts to overturn the election results.

Capitol Breach Subpoenas © Susan Walsh / AP Capitol Breach Subpoenas

The committee said it wanted records and testimony from Jeffrey Clark who attempted to use Department of Justice resources to delay the certification of 2020 election results, according to a report released last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"The Select Committee needs to understand all the details about efforts inside the previous administration to delay the certification of the 2020 election and amplify misinformation about the election results," committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement. "We need to understand Mr. Clark's role in these efforts at the Justice Department and learn who was involved across the administration."

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“The Select Committee ’s investigation has revealed credible evidence that you attempted to involve the Department of Justice in efforts to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power,” the committee said in its letter. “You proposed that the department send a letter to state legislators in Georgia and other states suggesting that they delay certification of their election results and hold a press conference announcing that the department was investigating allegations of voter fraud.” Trump Justice Department official subpoenaed by January 6 committee .

As the committee investigating January 6 enters a key week of subpoena and deposition deadlines, committee members were unified on Tuesday in stating that criminal contempt should be the next step for anyone who defies their subpoena . And soon. While lawmakers have said publicly that the committee is prepared to pursue criminal charges for non-compliant witnesses, members are now making it clear that a referral to the Department of Justice will almost certainly come quickly if they do not get the level of cooperation they are looking for.

In this Sept. 14, 2020, file photo, Jeff Clark, then-Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington.  / Credit: Susan Walsh / AP © Provided by CBS News In this Sept. 14, 2020, file photo, Jeff Clark, then-Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington.  / Credit: Susan Walsh / AP

Clark is believed to be central to the efforts of the Trump administration to delay the certification of the election results and convince the public without evidence that President Biden had not legitimately won the election. Clark was in contact with Mr. Trump in the days leading up to January 6, according to the Senate Judiciary committee's report.

The report found that as an assistant attorney general, Clark proposed urging state legislators in Georgia to delay the certification of the election there. The committee also said he pleaded with Jeffrey Rosen, the acting attorney general at the time, to hold a press conference and say "there was corruption" in the election despite no evidence there was.

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Trump Justice Department official subpoenaed by January 6 committee . In this Sept. 14, 2020, file photo, Jeff Clark, then-Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. Susan Walsh / AP. Clark is believed to be central to the efforts of the Trump administration to delay the certification of the election results and convince the public without evidence that President Biden had not legitimately won the election.

The US House Select Committee on the January 6 th events said in a release that it has issued a subpoena for Trump -era Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark for his alleged involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.Chairman Bennie G. Thompson today announced that the Sele .. The subpoena was issued after a US Senate Judiciary Committee released a report last week saying there is credible evidence that Clark was involved in efforts to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power while serving in his Justice Department Position.


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A source familiar with the situation confirmed to CBS News that former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen on Wednesday sat for an interview with the January 6 select committee. It lasted around 8 hours. Politico first reported the interview was taking place.

A lawyer for Clark declined to comment.

The House select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol is scheduled to hold depositions this week with key Trump strategist Steve Bannon, Mr. Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and Kashyap Patel, who was in a prominent Defense Department role on January 6.

Lyndon Brentnall, who was one of the 11 people subpoenaed, told CBS News that he turned over requested documents to the panel on Tuesday. "All the requested documents and communications requested by the subpoena were handed in," he said in a statement. Brentnall's company, RMS Protective Services, provided security for the January 6 rally on the Ellipse and was listed on the permit paperwork.

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The select committee 's members are showing fresh urgency, warning that Trump acolytes who diss subpoenas face criminal referrals, a move that would put the Biden administration's Justice Department in the hot seat. The sense that time is finite reflects the fact that the committee -- the final manifestation of a formal accounting process that pro- Trump Republicans tried to strangle -- is the last chance to provide an official historic record and to find the truth about January 6 before Americans next vote in a national election next year.

The subpoena comes one week after the release of a Senate Judiciary Committee report that documented extraordinary tensions within the senior ranks of the Justice Department in December and January as Trump and allies prodded the law enforcement agency to aid in efforts to undo the Trump ’s own attorney general William Barr had said the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results. Unsubstantiated claims of fraud have been repeatedly rejected by judge after judge, including by Trump appointees, and by election officials

A lawyer for Bannon last week indicated that the former senior White House advisor would not comply with the subpoena unless forced by a court to do so. It's not clear whether the others will comply.

But the panel is prepared to go to file contempt charges if anyone doesn't comply with their subpoenas.

"The committee is going to be working very diligently and very quickly to make sure we enforce subpoenas," said Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the vice chair of the committee. "In general,  people are going to have to appear, or you know, we will move contempt charges against them."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created the House select committee earlier this year to investigate the January 6 attack, when thousands of Trump supporters descended on the Capitol as Congress counted the electoral votes, a largely ceremonial final step affirming Mr. Biden's victory. Lawmakers were sent fleeing amid the riot, which led to the deaths of five people and the arrests of hundreds more. Mr. Trump, who encouraged his supporters to "walk over" to the Capitol during the Stop the Steal rally, was impeached by the House one week later for inciting the riot but was later acquitted by the Senate.

Nikole Killion contributed to this report.

Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt .
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted unanimously to hold former White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after the longtime ally of former President Donald Trump defied a subpoena for documents and testimony. Still defending his supporters who broke into the Capitol that day, Trump has aggressively tried to block the committee’s work by directing Bannon and others not to answer questions in the probe. Trump has also filed a lawsuit to try to prevent Congress from obtaining former White House documents.

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