Trump Ally and Former DOJ Official Subpoenaed Over Role in J6 Insurrection

Chairman Bennie G. Thompson today announced that the Select Committee has issued a subpoena to Jeffrey Clark, Trump ally and former Department of Justice official reportedly involved in efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and interrupt the peaceful transfer of power. The subpoena seeks deposition testimony and records from Mr. Clark as part of the Select Committee’s investigation into the events of January 6th and the causes of that day’s violence.

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Chairman Thompson issued the following statement:

“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. We need to understand Mr. Clark’s role in these efforts at the Justice Department and learn who was involved across the administration. The Select Committee expects Mr. Clark to cooperate fully with our investigation.”

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According to a report released last week by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, there is credible evidence that, while serving as an official at the Department of Justice, Mr. Clark was involved in efforts to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power. Mr. Clark proposed delivery of a letter to state legislators in Georgia and others encouraging to delay certification of election results.  Moreover, he recommended holding a press conference to falsely announcing that the Department was investigating allegations of voter fraud, despite the lack of evidence that such fraud was present. Both proposals were rejected by Department senior leadership for lacking a factual basis and being inconsistent with the Department’s institutional role.

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The report further details that Mr. Clark failed to follow Departmental policy in his communications with the White House and that the former President considered installing Mr. Clark as Acting Attorney General.

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The subpoena requires Mr. Clark to produce records and testify at a deposition on October 29th, 2021.

Last week, the Select Committee issued subpoenas to organizers of the “Stop the Steal” rally that took place on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021. The Select Committee has also issued subpoenas to 11 individuals associated with the rally on the Ellipse on January 6th, as well as four individuals closely tied to the former President in the days surrounding the January 6th insurrection.

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