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Politics Jan. 6 committee moves to hold former DOJ official in contempt

00:15  01 december  2021
00:15  01 december  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack plans to move forward Wednesday with criminal contempt proceedings against a former Justice Department official who declined to cooperate with a panel subpoena and answer committee questions.

On Wednesday evening the panel will take up a criminal contempt report recommending the full House of Representatives hold the former acting head of the DOJ's civil division, Jeffrey Clark, in contempt of Congress -- the same action taken against Trump adviser Steve Bannon several weeks ago.

  Jan. 6 committee moves to hold former DOJ official in contempt © Susan Walsh/POOL/AFP via Getty Images, FILE

A full House vote is needed to refer the matter to the Biden Justice Department for further action.

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Clark was reportedly in touch with Trump frequently after the 2020 election and was allegedly a major proponent of baseless election fraud claims inside the Trump administration.

In this Sept. 14, 2020, file photo, Jeffrey Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. © Susan Walsh/POOL/AFP via Getty Images, FILE In this Sept. 14, 2020, file photo, Jeffrey Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.

He circulated a draft letter inside the Justice Department to urge Georgia's governor and top Georgia officials to convene the state legislature to investigate voter fraud claims.

Bannon has been charged with two counts of contempt of Congress for failing to testify and turn over records to House investigators, and has pleaded not guilty. A trial has not yet been scheduled.

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John Eastman wrote memos arguing then-Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the 2020 election.The committee has subpoenaed Eastman to turn over documents and appear for a deposition on Dec. 8.

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