The United States House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol announced on Wednesday that it has issued a subpoena for testimony from ex-Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division Jeffrey Clark, who supported former President Donald Trump’s Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen as well as Trump’s coup to overturn the results, The Washington Post reported.
Clark, at the behest of Trump, had pressured his superiors to send a letter to Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger falsely claiming that “significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election” in exchange for Trump installing him as the acting attorney general.
According to a blockbuster New York Times report on October 8th, Trump had openly and seriously contemplated replacing then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Clark as part of his last-ditch scheme to stay in office. The plan ultimately collapsed when the top brass at the Justice Department threatened to resign en masse.
“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 G. Thompson (D-MS) 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 The Select Committee expects Mr. Clark to cooperate fully with our investigation.”
The Committee set an October 29th deadline for Clark to turn over documents and give a deposition.
Rosen, meanwhile, appeared before the Committee on Wednesday to share his account of what transpired.
“Jeff Clark had told me that the President was going to replace me so that he could pursue the plan that Jeff Clark had. Well, here’s the thing, Jeff Clark, my subordinates don’t get to fire me. So I’m not accepting what you’re telling me, that you’re going to replace me. I’m going to contact the President and tell him I need to talk with him,” Rosen recalled to congressional investigators,” adding that his Justice Department colleagues “did not think Jeff Clark should be the Acting Attorney General.”
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