Jan. 6 committee subpoenas ex-DOJ official who supported Trump push to overturn 2020 election
The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday subpoenaed a former Justice Department lawyer who played a key role in then-President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election.
The subpoena seeks sworn testimony and records from Jeffrey Clark, the former acting head of the Justice Department's civil division, by Oct. 29.
“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,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee’s chair, 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.”
A nearly 400-page report released by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week laid out a detailed timeline of Trump’s campaign to pressure Justice Department officials to help him try to reverse Joe Biden’s victory. The report’s findings are based on testimony from three former Justice Department officials, as well as documents and emails.