January 6 Committee Subpoenas Former DOJ Official Who Pushed Election Fraud Lie And Interviews Another Who Pushed Back

The House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has subpoenaed Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department official who was integral to helping then-President Donald Trump in his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, the committee announced Wednesday.

Jeff Clark, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington in September 2020. © SUSAN WALSH/AFP/POOL/Getty Images Jeff Clark, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington in September 2020.

And former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen met in-person with the committee for about eight hours on Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the matter. Rosen served in the role during the final days of the Trump administration.

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Both moves underscore the panel's interest in learning more about how Trump attempted to pressure top officials to investigate claims of election fraud during the former President's final days in office -- an issue the committee has said is a focal point of its sweeping probe into the events around January 6.

Clark and Rosen were featured heavily in a recent report issued by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee that highlighted the relentlessness of Trump and some of his top advisers as they fixated on using the Justice Department to prop up false conspiracy teories about the election.

The Senate report, which provided the most comprehensive account so far of Trump's efforts to overturn the election to date, described his conduct as an abuse of presidential power.

While select committee chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, previously said the panel considers the Senate report a helpful resource in its investigation, the committee is now making clear it wants to hear from the former DOJ officials directly.

The select committee has already interviewed Rosen's former deputy, Richard Donoghue.

Clark, a Trump-appointed environment law chief at the Justice Department, has become a major figure in the emerging narrative about behind-the-scenes efforts by Trump and his closest allies to orchestrate a leadership coup at the Justice Department and peddle lies about election fraud.

The Washington Post was first to report that Clark may be subpoenaed as early as Wednesday. Politico first reported the committee's Wednesday interview with Rosen.

Based on documents uncovered by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has its own investigation, Clark drafted a letter December 28 to Georgia officials in which he falsely asserted the Department of Justice had found voting irregularities that impacted the outcomes of the presidential election in several states.


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