The House panel investigating the Capitol riot will vote on Wednesday whether to censure Jeffrey Clark. The move will set the stage for a full House vote on whether to refer the former Justice Department official for prosecution.
The Hill reports:
Clark was a mid-level attorney at DOJ during the Trump administration, but he became a central figure in a pressure campaign by former President Trump to involve the Justice Department in investigating his baseless claims of voter fraud.
The Jan. 3 committee sought to speak to Clark about that effort, including his suggestion that DOJ send letters to several states encouraging them to delay certification of their election results.
The vote comes after Clark only briefly appeared for a deposition with the committee earlier this month.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the panel’s chair, said that although Clark and his attorney “raised some objections” at a morning meeting, they were supposed to reappear before the committee later that day but they never showed.
On Tuesday, Trump issued a statement through his Save America PAC condemning the panel’s vote to censure Clark.
“Interesting to watch the Unselect Committee go after the gentleman at the Department of Justice who thought the Election was RIGGED, but not go after the people who did the RIGGING. Just look at the numbers that the Fake News does everything possible NOT to report. They are overwhelming! The Unselect Committee itself is Rigged, stacked with Never Trumpers, Republican enemies, and two disgraced RINOs, Cheney and Kinzinger, who couldn’t get elected “dog catcher” in their districts. Kinzinger has already quit!” Trump wrote.