Capitol riot committee to vote on contempt charges for Jeffrey Clark

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The Select Committee of the House of Representatives probing the January 6 uprising will meet Wednesday to consider authorizing criminal contempt of Congress charges against ex-Trump Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Clark, who previously Reversing President Donald Trump’s push to arm the department. 2020 election results.

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If the committee votes in favor of keeping Mr. Clark in contempt, a vote on the measure by the full House of Representatives would be the next necessary step before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends him to the Justice Department for possible prosecution.

The former Trump administration official served as the acting chief of the department’s civilian division from September 2020 until January 14 of this year. In the days and weeks after Mr Trump lost the 2020 election to President Joe Biden, Mr Clarke reportedly called on then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and other top Department officials to contest elections won by Mr Biden. Tried to sign a letter to the MLAs, which claimed that the department has found evidence that raises “significant concerns” about the veracity of the results for those states and urges them to use their alleged authority to appoint an elector for Mr. Trump against the wishes of voters .


No such evidence of fraud exists, and Mr. Rosen declined to sign the letter.

On 13 October, selection committee chairman Benny Thompson issued a subpoena to Mr Clarke, ordering him to produce documents and testify before the committee on 29 October.

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While Mr Clarke appeared for the statement, he declined to answer any questions, citing the possibility that answers to the committee’s questions were protected by executive privilege, a legal principle that seeks to negotiate and negotiate between the president and his advisers. protects the discussion between them.

Earlier this year, Justice Department officials informed Trump’s former appointees that they could give “unrestricted testimony” to Congress about the 2020 election and Trump’s efforts to reverse the consequences of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Huh. Additionally, Mr Biden – the only person who can legally claim the privilege – has refused to invoke it in cases stemming from the events of that day.

And although Mr. Clark has claimed he is respecting Mr. Trump’s desire to protect executive privileges, a lawyer for Mr. Trump – former Georgia Representative Doug Collins – informed the Justice Department that Mr. Trump had “judged the judicial authority”. not to seek intervention”. Mr. Clark from testifying before the committee.

If the House approves the contempt citation against Mr. Clark and he is charged with contempt of Congress, he would be the second person to face such charges since 1983.

The first was former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress on November 12, less than a month after the House declared him contempt. Voted 229-202 to keep in.

Such charges can carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison.


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