The Jan. 6 committee readies possible contempt charges for former Trump DOJ official
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6 insurrection has announced that it will be voting on whether to recommend that Donald Trump ally and former U.S. Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark be held in contempt of Congress.
The committee tweeted:
Wednesday, December 1st at 7:00 PM\n\nThe Select Committee will vote on a report recommending that the House of Representatives cite Jeffrey Clark for criminal contempt of Congress and refer him for prosecution.— January 6th Committee (@January 6th Committee) 1638211959
According to CNN, “The committee plans to meet Wednesday night to vote on a report recommending that the full House refer Clark to the Justice Department on criminal contempt charges. A House vote has not yet been scheduled. If the committee moves to hold Clark in contempt, he would become the second person to potentially face criminal charges for refusing to provide critical information to investigators under subpoena.
The first was former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who was arrested for contempt of Congress after openly defying a subpoena from the committee. Bannon, even after his arrest, has maintained that he has no plans to testify and has tried to paint himself as a martyr.
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In late 2020 and early 2021, Clark aggressively promoted Trump’s false claims that widespread voter fraud occurred in the 2020 election.
CNN notes, “Clark helped Trump devise a plan to oust the then-acting attorney general, place himself atop the Department and have the DOJ intervene in Georgia to set aside its voting results in order to sway the state toward Trump. When Clark's superiors learned of his scheming with Trump in early January, they threatened to resign en masse. Unlike Bannon, Clark appeared for an interview with the committee in early November, but refused to answer any questions, sources familiar with his appearance told CNN.”
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