WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots on Wednesday appointed President Donald J. Trump issued a summons to Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who was involved in Mr Trump’s frenzied efforts to reverse the 2020 presidential election.
The summons demands testimony and records from Clark, a little-known officer who repeatedly pushed his colleagues at the Justice Department to help Trump undo their losses. The panel’s focus on that indicates it is deepening its investigation into the root causes of the attack, which disrupted a session of Congress calling for President Biden’s victory to formally count electoral votes.
Representative Benny Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and chairman of the committee, said in a statement, “The selection committee needs to understand all the details about the past administration’s efforts to delay certification of the 2020 election and increase misinformation about election results.” Is required.” . “We need to understand Mr. Clark’s role in these efforts at the Justice Department and know who was involved in the administration.”
The summons was the 19th issued in the House investigation, and it came in the form of the panel, which had at least one potential witness, Trump’s former adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, who had refused to cooperate. Committee leaders responded last week with threats of criminal charges against Mr. Bannon.
On Wednesday, Mr Thompson said the panel “expects Mr Clark to fully cooperate with our investigation.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee said last week that there was credible evidence that Clark was involved in attempts to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, citing his proposal to deliver a letter to state legislators in Georgia and others. encouraged them to delay the verification of election results. .
The Senate committee also said that Mr Clarke recommended holding a news conference announcing that the Justice Department would address the voter fraud allegations in line with Mr Trump’s repeated demands, despite the lack of evidence of any fraud. was investigating. Both the proposals were rejected by the senior leaders of the department.
The New York Times reported in January that Mr Clarke accompanied Mr Trump to the acting attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, and used the department’s power to overturn the results of the presidential election to state lawmakers in Georgia. Mr Clarke denied the account, which was based on accounts from four former Trump administration officials, who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation.
The House panel’s summons requires Mr Clarke to produce records and testify in a statement on October 29.
Last week, the committee issued summons to the organizers of the “Stop the Steel” rally that took place on the grounds of the Capitol before the violence. The panel has issued summons to 11 others associated with the rallies, as well as four of Trump’s aides it believes were in communication with him before and during the attack.