WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The congressional committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot at the U.S. capital has delayed testimony by Jeffrey Clark, a former senior Justice Department official, because he retained a new attorney.
“Mr Clark was granted a brief adjournment because of his retention of new lawyer,” a committee assistant said Friday.
The Select House Representative Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. government seat announced on Oct. 13 that it had issued a subpoena to Clark asking him to submit records and by 29 October to testify at a statement.
Clark was acting head of the Department of Justice’s civil division during the presidency of former Republican President Donald Trump. He was a supporter of Trump’s unfounded allegations that Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election was the result of fraud.
In announcing that it had sued Clark, the committee said it should understand all the details about efforts within the previous administration to reinforce misinformation about election results.
Trump gave a speech in support of his election fraud theory during a rally on January 6, when Vice President Mike Pence and Congress met to certify Biden’s election. Trump encouraged his supporters to “fight like hell” and send thousands of them to march to the Capitol.
(Reported by Patricia Zengerle; Edited by Raissa Kasolowsky)