The former head of the environment of the Ministry of Justice called to testify in the January 6 investigation

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The House select committee investigating the Jan.6 insurgency on Capitol Hill wants to hear from the former head of the Department of Justice’s environment division.

In a letter yesterday, the committee asked Jeffrey Bossert Clark to provide documents and to appear for a deposition by October 29.

Clark, the former assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, faces allegations he worked with former President Trump to overturn the 2020 election results.

“The select committee needs to understand all the details of efforts within the previous administration to delay certification of the 2020 election and amplify misinformation about election results,” said committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss .) in a press release yesterday.

“We need to understand Mr. Clark’s role in these efforts at the Department of Justice and who was involved in the administration,” Thompson said.

The committee’s summons follows the release last week of an interim report from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which offered new details on Clark’s efforts to oust Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and pursue unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud.

According to the report, Clark told Rosen he would decline Trump’s offer to install Clark as acting attorney general if Rosen approved letters to Georgia and other swing states that falsely stated that DOJ had “taken note” of the electoral irregularities (Green wire, October 7).

The plan culminated in a January 3 meeting between Trump, Rosen, and other high-level Justice Department officials, who told the president that senior officials in the department would step down if he continued to press for the letter. . Trump has backed down on this issue.

But three days later, on Jan.6, a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol following a rally with the president in an attempt to prevent lawmakers from certifying Biden’s election victory.

“The select committee’s investigation revealed credible evidence that you attempted to involve the Justice Department in efforts to halt the peaceful transfer of power,” the committee wrote in its letter to Clark.

The letter also states that “Clark’s efforts risked involving the Justice Department in actions that lacked evidence and threatened to overthrow the rule of law.”

While as the head of the DOJ’s environmental division, Clark pursued enforcement cases under the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act and led the defense of the rules of the era. Trump from the EPA and other key agencies.

In the final months of the Trump administration, Clark also took over as head of the DOJ’s civilian division. He is now chief legal officer and director of strategy at the New Civil Liberties Alliance, a conservative civil rights group.

In addition to congressional investigations, Clark faces a DOJ investigation and ethical complaints to the District of Columbia Bar.

Besides Clark, the House select committee on the January 6 riot has subpoenaed other Trump allies, including former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Clark could not be reached for comment on the investigation.

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