WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued a subpoena on Wednesday to Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official underneath President Donald J. Trump who was concerned in Mr. Trump’s frenzied efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The subpoena seeks testimony and data from Mr. Clark, a little-known official who repeatedly pushed his colleagues on the Justice Department to assist Mr. Trump undo his loss. The panel’s give attention to him signifies that it’s deepening its scrutiny of the basis causes of the assault, which disrupted a congressional session known as to depend the electoral votes formalizing President Biden’s victory.
“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,” Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and the committee chairman, stated in a press release. “We need to understand Mr. Clark’s role in these efforts at the Justice Department and learn who was involved across the administration.”
The subpoena was the 19th issued within the House inquiry, and it got here because the panel braced for a potential legal battle with no 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 legal prices towards Mr. Bannon in response.
Robert J. Costello, a lawyer for Mr. Bannon, didn’t again down in a letter to the committee on Wednesday, reiterating that his shopper wouldn’t produce paperwork or testimony “until such time as you reach an agreement with President Trump” on claims of govt privilege “or receive a court ruling.”
On Wednesday, Mr. Thompson stated the panel “expects Mr. Clark to cooperate fully with our investigation.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee stated final week that there was credible proof that Mr. Clark was involved in efforts to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power, 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 Department was investigating allegations of voter fraud, according to Mr. Trump’s repeated calls for, regardless of an absence of proof of any fraud. Both proposals had been rejected by senior leaders within the division.
The New York Times reported in January that Mr. Clark additionally mentioned with Mr. Trump a plan to oust the acting attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, and wield the division’s energy to pressure 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 worry of retaliation.
The House panel’s subpoena requires Mr. Clark to supply data and testify at a deposition on Oct. 29.
Last week, the committee issued subpoenas to organizers of the “Stop the Steal” rally that came about 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 throughout the assault.
Maggie Haberman contributed reporting.