WASHINGTON – The House Committee on Investigation into the January 6 Capital Uprising voted unanimously Wednesday to convince former Justice Department Jeffrey Clark of violating a committee subpoena and forcing the department to pursue a criminal case.
But the head of the committee, Rep. Benny Thompson, D-Miss., Clark’s attorney, advised the committee on Tuesday that Clark would appear before the committee again and declined to answer questions based on his Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination.
Thompson said the session will be scheduled for Saturday and Clark will be asked to refuse to answer specific questions based on his constitutional right.
R-Wyo Representative Liz Cheney said the House vote to hold Clark in derision and recommend to the Justice Department would prevent him from appearing if he appeared and “cured” him.
“We don’t allow anyone to run the clock,” Thompson said.
If put on trial, Clark would become the second aide to former President Donald Trump to face a defamation charge of the investigation. Political strategist Steve Bannon has vowed to fight his criminal charges.
The House Committee subdivided Clark as part of its investigation into the cause of the attack on the Capitol and how the White House responded that day. About 140 police officers were injured. Police have fatally shot a woman outside the House Chamber as she temporarily suspended the Electoral College vote count.
Thompson said Clark appeared to be the focal point for Trump’s efforts to abolish the election.
“The assault on the law has not ended. It has escalated,” Thompson said. The inner circle of the former president could not be achieved by false and unsupported lawsuits, which a group of rioters tried to force.
Cheney said Trump tried to appoint Clark as acting attorney general to issue a corrupt letter stating that the Justice Department repeatedly made the election fair and even stole the election even after the results were certified.
But a group of top department officials confronted Trump and blocked his appointment by threatening to resign. Cheney said lawmakers want to ask Clark about that issue.
“He confronted President Trump in the Oval Office and said he was not forced,” Cheney said. “They will not allow the Justice Department to be transformed into part of President Trump’s campaign to abolish the presidential election.”
The Trump Committee is fighting a subpoena for documents from the National Archives and Records Administration. A three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals held a hearing Tuesday on whether Trump’s executive privilege claims should be kept confidential or released because President Joe Biden has waived the privilege.
Clark has been instrumental in Trump’s efforts to abolish the election
Clark, a former acting assistant attorney general in the final days of the Trump administration, wrote to the committee through his lawyer, who said he would refuse to testify on Nov. 5, as part of Trump’s executive privilege, attorney-client privilege, and the executive proceedings.
Clark’s lawyer, Harry MacDougald, explained that the 12-page letter “is not intended to answer any questions or provide any paperwork, but that we have complied with the subpoena to assert those objections, but only against denial.” To show, ”according to the transcript.
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The committee subdivided Clark on October 13 after he emerged as the central figure in the former president’s attempts to deny Biden his choice. Clark was subdivided to discuss his efforts to join the Justice Department in an attempt to sow doubt on the election results in Georgia.
Clark appeared prominently in the report of the reprehensible Senate Judiciary Committee, which sought to confront the department’s top leaders by drafting a letter to Georgia officials and attempting to delay the state’s certification of election results.
According to a Senate committee report, Clark tried to help then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen on a “Trump election sabotage plan”, telling Rosen that he would refuse Trump’s offer to take Rosen’s place if he agreed to join Rosen.
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The Senate report described the controversial Oval Office meeting on January 3, warning that the resignation of Justice Department officials and federal prosecutors would be followed if Trump proceeds to replace Clark, then deputy attorney general, Richard Donoghue Rosen. Presidential election vandalism plan.