A House committee investigating the January 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol sent a subpoena Wednesday to Jeffrey Clark, a former Department of Justice official who allegedly angled to use the DOJ to pursue former President Donald Trump’s unfounded voter fraud allegations — the latest in a string of subpoenas from House investigators targeting Trump allies.
Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department … [+] in Washington, September 14, 2020.
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In a letter Wednesday, the House committee asked Clark to turn over documents tied to his post-election conduct and appear for testimony by the end of this month.
Forbes has reached out to Clark for comment.
Clark’s election-related efforts came amid months of evidence-free allegations from Trump that his 2020 loss was driven by widespread vote-rigging, a dubious theory Trump cited in his unsuccessful gambit to overturn election results. In late December, Clark suggested the DOJ send a letter encouraging officials in Georgia — which President Joe Biden narrowly won — to take “whatever action is necessary” in light of supposed vote irregularities, according to the Senate Judiciary report. He also purportedly encouraged then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to hold a press conference claiming the DOJ was probing voter fraud. At one point, Clark suggested to Rosen that Trump had offered to install him as attorney general, according to Senate investigators and a New York Times report.
The House committee — composed of seven Democrats and two Republicans — has cast a wide net. It’s seeking information about pro-Trump rallies organized ahead of the January 6 riot, and it sent subpoenas last month to Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, White House staffer Dan Scavino, ex-Pentagon Chief of Staff Kash Patel and Trump 2016 campaign official Steve Bannon. Investigators also requested a trove of Trump-era White House documents, including communications on January 6 and details about voter fraud allegations.
Bannon said last week he will not comply with the House committee’s subpoena. He claimed his participation in the probe would violate a doctrine known as “executive privilege,” which allows the president to keep certain communications secret. The committee said it will “swiftly consider” referring anybody who violates a subpoena to the DOJ, which could weigh criminal contempt of Congress charges.