1/6 Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said Clark’s fifth amendment makes it clear that criminal activity has taken place in the Trump White House.
Video by President Thompson on The Rachel Maddow Show:
Jeffrey Clark has until Saturday to show up and assert his 5th Amendment against self-prosecution. 1/6 committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said: “He is aware that something illegal has been going on. Rather than be responsible and answer, he is advocating the fifth.” pic.twitter.com/K9VokMc0PO
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) 2 December 2021
Thompson then asked Maddow if Clark’s fifth amendment allegation was an acknowledgment that criminal activity had taken place:
Well, that could mean a lot that. Of course he is aware of that something went on it is illegal. Rather than being responsible and answer, he pleads the fifth.
The question is, did you to participate in this illegal activities in the white house. As you know, he recommended a process by which the elections can be manipulated in certain state. Well, that’s clearly illegal, but we need to hear from him whether he said it or not. We have reason to believe that he did it. But if he believes that when I appear before the committee and admit it, then I’m contributed to the January 6th uprising partly simple because I made a recommendation which ultimately led to states believe they can overthrow the election.
See what’s going on in Arizona. See what tried to go on Michigan. Look at Georgia. We had the Secretary of State in Georgia basically says the president called me and tried get me to somehow find enough votes to change the outcome of the election. Well, that’s part of what we believe Mr Clark knew about and part of his recommendation. That’s why he should come before the committee. But if he says, well. I will come, but I will plead fifth, then in some cases it says you are part and parcel, guilty of what happened.
Does Clark have information that Trump criminally implies?
Trump is already under criminal investigation in Georgia for electoral interference. If Clark was involved in criminal activities related to the attempt to overthrow the election, Trump was involved in the same activity.
The former president is on tape trying to get Georgia election officials to reverse the results for him.
Clark’s fifth amendment statement is an attempt to protect himself from persecution, but it is also an attempt to protect the people around him, such as Donald Trump and other White House, campaign officials and Republican members of Congress who participated in the coup attempt .
The fifth amendment is a big red flag to investigators and prosecutors that something illegal happened. Instead of delaying the process, Clark could eventually speed up the criminal prosecutions.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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