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Politics Trump Slams 1/6 Panel Ahead of Vote to Hold Ex-Justice Official Jeffrey Clark in Contempt

22:35  30 november  2021
22:35  30 november  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Jan. 6 panel sets contempt vote for former DOJ official

  Jan. 6 panel sets contempt vote for former DOJ official WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection will vote Wednesday to pursue contempt charges against a former Justice Department official, seeking criminal charges against a defiant witness for a second time after holding former White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt last month. The committee on Monday scheduled a vote to pursue contempt charges against Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department lawyer who aligned with President Donald Trump as he tried to overturn his defeat. Clark appeared for a deposition Nov.

Donald Trump is lashing out at the January 6 committee ahead of its vote on a criminal contempt referral for former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark.

Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized the January 6 committee ahead of its vote on a criminal contempt referral for former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark. In this photo, Trump prepares to speak during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC. © Brandon Bell/Getty Images Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized the January 6 committee ahead of its vote on a criminal contempt referral for former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark. In this photo, Trump prepares to speak during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC.

"Interesting to watch the Unselect Committee go after the gentleman at the Department of Justice who thought the Election was RIGGED, but not go after the people who did the RIGGING," the former president said in a statement Tuesday.

Jan. 6 committee to vote on criminal contempt referral for ex-Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark

  Jan. 6 committee to vote on criminal contempt referral for ex-Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark Clark is the second Donald Trump associate after Steve Bannon to face contempt proceedings stemming from the House select committee's probe of Jan. 6.Clark is the second Donald Trump associate to face contempt proceedings stemming from the House select committee probe of Jan. 6, when hundreds of the former president's supporters stormed the Capitol and forced Congress to flee their chambers.

Trump added, "The Unselect Committee itself is Rigged, stacked with Never Trumpers, Republican enemies, and two disgraced RINOs, Cheney and Kinzinger, who couldn't get elected 'dog catcher' in their districts."

The select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will meet this week to vote on whether the House of Representatives should hold Clark in contempt of Congress.

Clark was subpoenaed in October to testify and deliver records to the committee. He appeared before the panel earlier this month but refused to answer substantive questions. Clark's lawyer had argued attorney-client privilege protected his conversations with Trump.

Clark led the Environment and Natural Resources division of the Justice Department during the Trump administration and in his final days served as an acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. According to a report released this fall by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Clark tried to use federal resources to delay the certification of Joe Biden's 2020 electoral college victory.

Ex-DOJ Official Jeffrey Clark in Jan. 6 Committee's Crosshairs as Contempt Vote Date Set

  Ex-DOJ Official Jeffrey Clark in Jan. 6 Committee's Crosshairs as Contempt Vote Date Set Clark, who was still a member of Trump's administration during the insurrection, supported efforts to delegitimize the election results.Clark aligned with former President Donald Trump when he falsely insisted the election results were not genuine. The Associated Press reported that the former Justice Department official appeared for a deposition November 5, but refused to answer any questions, partly due to Trump's legal attempts to block the investigation.

Democrat Bennie Thompson, chairman of the committee, rejected the privilege argument and warned at the time that Clark had "a very short time to reconsider and cooperate fully."

"It's astounding that someone who so recently held a position of public trust to uphold the Constitution would now hide behind vague claims of privilege by a former President, refuse to answer questions about an attack on our democracy, and continue an assault on the rule of law," Thompson said in a statement.

Clark is the second former Trump official to face contempt proceedings from the panel.

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon turned himself into the FBI earlier this month after being indicted by the Justice Department for defying a subpoena from the committee.

Bannon had argued that executive privilege protected him from having to turn over records in the probe, even though he was not working in the federal government when the Capitol riot took place.

Jan. 6 committee to hold contempt vote for Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark

  Jan. 6 committee to hold contempt vote for Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark On Monday, the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol scheduled a Wednesday vote to pursue criminal contempt charges against Jeffrey Clark, a Trump Justice Department official who assisted the former president in his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The committee issued a subpoena to Clark back in October seeking testimony and records related to those efforts. Earlier this month, Clark appeared for a deposition before the panel but declined to answer substantive questions, citing Trump’s ongoing lawsuit to block congressional investigators from accessing his White House records.

Trump has also cited executive privilege as a reason to keep White House documents away from the congressional panel. The former president has sued to keep the records secret, but on Tuesday a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit appeared skeptical of that argument.

If the January 6 committee votes to advance a criminal contempt referral against Clark, it is likely that the Democratic-controlled chamber will pass it. The measure would then be left in the hands of the Justice Department.

Newsweek reached out to Chairman Thompson for comment on Trump's statement.

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Jeffrey Clark's Deposition With Jan. 6 Committee Postponed Because of Health Condition .
The panel had previously voted Wednesday to push charging Clark with contempt, but said it would wait until a full House vote and allow him another chance. Before the committee voted for the contempt, Clark's lawyer told them that his client wished to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. This was after Clark refused to answer questions regarding Trump's claim of executive privilege and other rights his lawyer said he should be allowed. Democratic Rep.

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