WASHINGTON — The Home committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued a subpoena on Wednesday to Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Division official below President Donald J. Trump who was concerned in Mr. Trump’s frenzied efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The subpoena seeks testimony and information from Mr. Clark, a little-known official who repeatedly pushed his colleagues on the Justice Division to assist Mr. Trump undo his loss. The panel’s give attention to him signifies that it’s deepening its scrutiny of the foundation causes of the assault, which disrupted a congressional session known as to rely the electoral votes formalizing President Biden’s victory.
“The choose committee wants to know all the main points about efforts contained in the earlier administration to delay the certification of the 2020 election and amplify misinformation in regards to the election outcomes,” Consultant Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and the committee chairman, stated in a press release. “We have to perceive Mr. Clark’s position in these efforts on the Justice Division and be taught who was concerned throughout the administration.”
The subpoena was the nineteenth issued within the Home inquiry, and it got here because the panel braced for a possible authorized battle with not less than one potential witness, Stephen Ok. Bannon, a former adviser to Mr. Trump who has refused to cooperate. The leaders of the committee threatened final week to hunt felony costs towards Mr. Bannon in response.
On Wednesday, Mr. Thompson stated the panel “expects Mr. Clark to cooperate absolutely with our investigation.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee stated final week that there was credible proof that Mr. Clark was concerned in efforts to interrupt the peaceable switch of energy, citing his proposal to ship a letter to state legislators in Georgia and others encouraging them to delay certification of election outcomes.
The Senate committee additionally stated Mr. Clark advisable holding a information convention asserting that the Justice Division was investigating allegations of voter fraud, according to Mr. Trump’s repeated calls for, regardless of an absence of proof of any fraud. Each proposals had been rejected by senior leaders within the division.
The New York Instances reported in January that Mr. Clark additionally mentioned with Mr. Trump a plan to oust the performing legal professional normal, Jeffrey A. Rosen, and wield the division’s energy to power state lawmakers in Georgia to overturn its presidential election outcomes. Mr. Clark denied the account, which was based mostly on the accounts of 4 former Trump administration officers who requested to not be named due to concern of retaliation.
The Home panel’s subpoena requires Mr. Clark to supply information and testify at a deposition on Oct. 29.
Final week, the committee issued subpoenas to organizers of the “Cease the Steal” rally that happened on the grounds of the Capitol earlier than the violence. The panel has issued subpoenas to 11 others related to the rallies in addition to 4 allies of Mr. Trump it believes had been in communication with him earlier than and through the assault.