The AP is reporting:
The House Committee investigating the January 6 uprising on the United States Capitol has issued a subpoena to a former Justice Department attorney who has positioned himself as an ally of Donald Trump and aided the Republican president’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results.
Jeffrey Clark’s subpoena, revealed Wednesday, came amidst signs of a rapidly escalating Congressional investigation. At least three of the people involved in organizing and conducting the demonstration that preceded the violent uprising are handing over documents in response to the committee’s subpoenas.
The Hill has more or less the same story but adds:
An otherwise little-known figure in the Justice Department, Clark was introduced to Trump by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Another person on whom the Senate Commission recommended focusing on the House.
There he is.
The NYTimes has a little more on the Perry representative:
It was Mr. Perry, a hardliner Freedom Caucus member, who first let Trump know that a relatively obscure Department of Justice official, Jeffrey Clark, the acting head of the civil division, sympathized with Trump’s view that the elections had been stolen, according to former administration officials who spoke to Clark and Trump.
Mr. Perry introduced the president to Mr. Clark, whose openness to electoral fraud conspiracy theories presented Mr. Trump with a welcome change from the interim Attorney General, Jeffrey A. Rosen, who supported the election results and had repeatedly resisted the president’s efforts to undo them.
It is unclear when Mr. Perry, who represents the Harrisburg area, met Mr. Clark, a native of Philadelphia, or how well they knew each other prior to Trump’s introduction. Former Trump administration officials said it was only in late December that Mr. Clark told Rosen about the mediated presentation by Mr. Perry, who was among dozens of people who harbored Trump’s false hope that he had won the elections.
But it is highly unlikely that Trump would have known Mr. Clark otherwise.
As the congressional date to confirm Mr. Biden’s victory approached, Mr. Perry and Mr. Clark discussed a plan to have the Department of Justice send a letter to Georgia’s state lawmakers informing them of an investigation into election fraud that could invalidate the state constituency results.
The Times also points out that they discussed the plan with Trump himself.
You can read the committee’s letter to Clark here.
A takeaway key:
You may have to click on the image to read it, sorry.
Jeffrey Clark is under investigation for his role in the events leading up to the January 6 uprising. And Jeffrey Clark was introduced to Donald Trump by Rep Scott Perry.
What did Scott Perry know and when did he know? How deeply involved are you in the coup?