WASHINGTON – A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots in the U.S. capital has issued a lawsuit against a former Justice Department lawyer who identified himself as an ally of Donald Trump and challenged the 2020 election results. Supported the Republican president’s efforts.
Jeffrey Clark was revealed Thursday amid signs of a congressional inquiry. At least three people involved in organizing and running the rally before the violent riots have submitted documents in response to the committee’s response.
Documents and testimony demands from Clark not only reflect the committee’s efforts to investigate the deadly coup, but the uproar shook the Justice Department in weeks as Trump and his allies leaned on government lawyers to advance their baseless claims. Were The election results were fake. Trump loyalists stormed the capital in an attempt to disrupt the congressional credentials of Democrat Joe Biden.
Clark, an assistant attorney general in the Trump administration, has emerged as a key figure in the story. A Senate committee report released last week shows how he supported Trump’s efforts to annul the election results within the Justice Department and clashed with top officials who resisted pressure. , Which culminated in a dramatic White House meeting in which Trump proposed the promotion of Clark. To the Attorney General
In a letter to Clark, Benny Thompson, a Democratic representative of the committee’s Democratic representative in Mississippi, wrote: tried to.” Appearance
Although Trump did not eventually appoint Clark as acting attorney general, Clarke’s “efforts endangered the Justice Department’s involvement in actions that lacked evidence and threatened to undermine the rule of law.” ۔ ”
The committee has set October 29 as the deadline for submission and has requested documents by that date. Clark’s lawyer declined to comment.
The Jan. 6 panel has so far called for testimony from a wide cast of witnesses, but the demands of Trump’s aides and colleagues are likely to be complicated by Trump’s commitment to fight co-operation based on executive privileges.
Already a witness, Steve Benn, has told the committee that he will not cooperate with Trump’s directive, although the committee has said it will meet with two other Trump officials – former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and the Department of Defense. Kashyap Patel It is also unclear whether Don Scavino will cooperate with Trump’s longtime social media director and his most loyal colleagues.
Biden formally rejected Trump’s claim to executive privileges around an installment of documents requested by the former president at the White House and announced his possible release to Congress in mid-November. In a letter to the National Archives on Wednesday, White House attorney Dana Reims wrote that Biden believes “the claim to administrative privilege is not in America’s best interests.”
Others, however, are cooperating, including some of the 11 who organized or rioted Trump’s rally. He was given a deadline of Wednesday to exchange documents and records, and was also asked to appear before the committee on separate statements beginning this month.
Respondents to Wednesday’s deadline included London Brentall, whose firm was hired to provide security for the event that day. “All documents and communications were requested,” he told the Associated Press.
Brentle had previously said that his firm intends to “comply” with the select committee. “As far as we are concerned, we worked with the US Secret Service and the Park Police to provide security for the legally sanctioned ceremony,” he said.
Two longtime Trump campaign and White House staffers, Megan Powers and Hannah Salem, were named on the January 6 rally permit as “Operations Manager for Scheduling and Guidance” and “Operations Manager for Logistics and Communications.” Had also provided documents or are planning to do so.
Powers, who served as Trump’s campaign director of operations, plans to provide the requested documents and meet with the committee – although it is unclear what form such meetings will take.
Many of the rioters who stormed the capital on January 6, at least after attending Trump’s rally, marched to the National Mall, where they repeated their baseless allegations of electoral fraud and called the crowd “like hell.” Fight “.
The election results were confirmed by state officials and upheld by the courts. Trump’s own attorney general, William Barr, said the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could reverse the results.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. A committee spokesman declined to comment Wednesday on how many of the 11 responses were received.
Committee members, including Wyoming rapist Liz Cheney, the panel’s Republican vice chairwoman, have threatened to file criminal contempt cases against witnesses who refuse to comply. The House vote sends the allegations to the Justice Department, which will then decide whether to prosecute.
Clarke’s statement follows the release of a report by a Senate Judiciary Committee documenting the extraordinary tensions within senior Justice Department positions in December and January as Trump and his allies targeted law enforcement agencies. Had asked for his help in annulling the election.