Insurrection Fallout

Jeffrey Clark would be the second figure in the former president’s orbit to face a contempt referral so far during the investigation, after Steve Bannon.

The House select committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol plans to hold Jeffrey Clark in contempt. | (Susan Walsh, Pool/AP Photo)

By BETSY WOODRUFF SWAN

11/29/2021 01:55 PM EST

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The Jan. 6 select committee is gearing up to hold a former top Trump administration official in contempt of Congress, a spokesperson for the panel announced Monday.

The House’s panel investigating the Capitol attack is poised to target Jeffrey Clark, who helmed the Justice Department’s environmental division during Trump’s presidency. If the full House green lights the move, Clark will become the second person referred to the Justice Department on contempt charges for refusing to comply with the probe — after ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

On Nov. 5, Clark appeared for a deposition with Jan. 6 committee investigators. But he refused to answer their most pressing questions, and instead presented them with a 12-page letter saying he believed executive privilege shielded him from sharing information. The panel rejected that argument.

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