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On January 6, a select committee subpoena former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark

The Select Committee of the House investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol focuses his attention on former President Trump, issuing a subpoena on Thursday to a former Justice Department official who is believed to be at the heart of the former president’s efforts to overturn the election results.

The committee said it wanted records and testimony from Jeffrey Clark who tried to use Justice Department resources to delay certification of the 2020 election results, according to a report released last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“The select committee must understand all the details of efforts within the previous administration to delay certification of the 2020 elections and amplify misinformation about election results,” committee chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement. communicated. “We need to understand Mr. Clark’s role in these efforts at the Department of Justice and who was involved in the administration.”

On January 6, a select committee subpoena former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark
In this September 14, 2020 file photo, Jeff Clark, then Deputy Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks at a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington.

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Clark would be at the heart of the Trump administration’s efforts to delay certification of election results and convince the public without evidence that President Biden did not legitimately win the election. Clark was in contact with Mr. Trump in the days leading up to Jan.6, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee report.

The report revealed that as deputy attorney general, Clark offered to urge Georgia state lawmakers to delay certification of elections there. The committee also said it begged Jeffrey Rosen, the then acting attorney general, to hold a press conference and say “there was corruption” in the election despite the absence. evidence.

A source familiar with the situation confirmed to CBS News that former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen interviewed the Jan.6 select committee on Wednesday. It lasted about 8 hours. Politico first reported that the interview was taking place.

A lawyer for Clark declined to comment.

The special House committee investigating the attack on Capitol Hill is due to testify this week with key Trump strategist Steve Bannon, former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and Kashyap Patel, who was in a prominent Defense Role department on January 6.

Lyndon Brentnall, who was one of 11 people subpoenaed, told CBS News he delivered the requested documents to the panel on Tuesday. “All documents and communications requested by the summons have been handed over,” he said in a statement. Brentnall’s company, RMS Protective Services, provided security for the Jan. 6 rally on the Ellipse and was listed on the permit documents.

A lawyer for Bannon said last week that the former senior White House adviser would not comply with the subpoena unless a court requires him to. We don’t know if others will comply.

But the panel is prepared to lay contempt charges if someone does not comply with their subpoenas.

“The committee will be working very diligently and very quickly to ensure that we implement the subpoenas,” said MP Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the committee. “Usually people are going to have to appear, or you know, we’re going to lay contempt charges against them.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi established the Special House Committee earlier this year to investigate the January 6 attack, when thousands of Trump supporters descended on Capitol Hill as Congress counted the electoral votes, a largely ceremonial final step affirming Mr. Biden’s victory. Lawmakers were sent on the run amid the riot, which resulted in the deaths of five people and the arrests of hundreds more. Mr. Trump, who encouraged his supporters to “go” to Capitol Hill during the Stop the Steal rally, was indicted by the House a week later for incitement to riot but was later acquitted by the Senate.

Nikole Killion contributed to this report.