Jan. 6 Panel Votes to Recommend Contempt Charges for Trump DOJ Official

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The House Select Committee investigating the January Capitol riot has voted to censure former Trump Justice Department official, Jeffrey Clark.

The Hill reports:

The unanimous vote comes as the committee is now planning to convene a second hearing for Clark on Saturday following a note at 8 p.m. Tuesday from his lawyer asking for a chance to plead his Fifth Amendment right to protection against self-incrimination before the committee.

The vote advances the contempt process. Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) called Clark’s offer to return a “last-ditch attempt to delay the Select Committee’s proceedings,” noting that the committee would still forward the matter for consideration by the full House. The Saturday meeting will allow Clark to plead the Fifth on a question-by-question basis.

Clark, a midlevel attorney at the Department of Justice (DOJ), became a central figure in former President Trump’s quest to have the Justice Department investigate his baseless claims of voter fraud, with Clark pushing superiors to send a letter encouraging states to delay certification of their election results. Trump weighed installing him as acting attorney general as other DOJ officials resisted his efforts.

In a contempt of Congress report released Tuesday, the committee released a transcript of its brief Nov. 5 deposition with Clark, who, alongside his attorney, largely refused to answer the committee’s questions.

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