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Jan 6 committee subpoenas former Justice Dept lawyer

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By JILL COLVIN, MICHELLE R. SMITH, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK

The House committee investigating the Jan 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol issued a subpoena Wednesday to a former Justice Department lawyer who positioned himself as an ally of President Donald Trump and aided Trump’s efforts to challenge the results of the presidential election.

The committee on Wednesday said it has demanded documents and testimony from Jeffrey Clark, a former assistant attorney general who lent a sympathetic ear to the president’s baseless claims that the election results were fraudulent. Clark clashed with superiors during the tumultuous final weeks of the Trump administration, including during a dramatic White House meeting.

The subpoena comes one week after the release of a Senate Judiciary Committee report that documented extraordinary tensions within the senior ranks of the Justice Department in December and January as Trump and allies prodded the law enforcement agency to aid in efforts to undo the election won by Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump’s own attorney general William Barr had said the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results. Unsubstantiated claims of fraud have been repeatedly rejected by judge after judge, including by Trump appointees, and by election officials across the country.

Meanwhile, at least three of the officials involved in organizing and running the rally that preceded the violent storming of the Capitol are handing over documents in response to subpoenas.

The 11 organizers and staffers were given a Wednesday deadline to turn over documents and records as part of the committee's investigation into the deadly insurrection that marked the most serious breach of the Capitol building since the War of 1812. The organizers have also been asked to appear at separate depositions the committee has scheduled beginning later this month.

Other subpoenas have also been served to top White House officials and Trump advisers, including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and adviser Steve Bannon, who has thus far refused to cooperate, putting him at risk of being charged with contempt.

Among those responding to the Wednesday deadline were Lyndon Brentnall, whose firm was hired to provide event security that day. "All the documents and communications requested by the subpoena were handed in," he told The Associated Press.

Two longtime Trump campaign and White House staffers, Megan Powers and Hannah Salem, who were listed on the Jan 6 rally permit as “operations manager for scheduling and guidance" and “operations manager for logistics and communications," have also provided documents or are planning to do so.

Powers, who also served as the Trump reelection campaign’s director of operations, intends to provide the committee with the requested documentation and to meet with them — though it remains unclear what form such meetings will take, according to a person familiar with her response who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Brentnall had previously said his firm had “every intention” of complying with the select committee. “As far as we’re concerned, we ran security at a legally permitted event run in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service and the Park Police,” he said.

The committee has said the subpoenas are part of its effort to collect information “on the planning, organization, and funding” of the Jan. 6 rally as well as other events planned to support Trump's baseless claims of election fraud in the weeks between his November election defeat and the January attack.

A committee spokesperson declined to comment Wednesday on the responses it had received and how many of the 11 were complying.

It remains unclear whether the others who were subpoenaed intend to cooperate.

They include Amy Kremer, the founder and chair of Women for America First, a pro-Trump group that was the lead organizer of the event; Cynthia Chafian, an organizer who submitted the first permit for the rally; and Caroline Wren, a veteran GOP fundraiser who was listed on permit paperwork for the Jan 6 rally as a “VIP Advisor."

Also on the list are Maggie Mulvaney, a niece of former top Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, who worked as director of finance operations for the Trump campaign and is now a congressional staffer; former Trump campaign official Katrina Pierson, who the committee says was “reportedly involved in the organization” of the rally on Jan. 6 and a smaller one the day before; and Justin Caporale and Tim Unes of Event Strategies Inc., who were listed on Jan. 6 permit paperwork as the rally’s project manager and stage manager, per the committee.

None have responded to multiple requests for comment.

Two additional organizers, Ali Alexander and Nathan Martin, as well as their “Stop the Steal” organization, were also subpoenaed for documents, which are due Oct 21.

Alexander wrote in a Telegram post Monday that the committee was “subpoenaing people in bad faith.”

“So maybe this Select Commitee is bogus?" he added. "Everyone is waiting to see what I’ll do.”

The committee has said two top Trump officials — Meadows and former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel — are “engaging” with the committee, though it is unclear exactly what that entails. It is also unclear whether Dan Scavino, Trump's longtime social media director and one of his most loyal aides, will cooperate.

Members of the committee have said they are prepared to fight for the testimony and will use the courts to do so if necessary.

Many of the rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan 6, trying to halt the certification of President Joe Biden's victory, marched up the National Mall after attending at least part of Trump's rally, where he had repeated his baseless claims of election fraud and implored the crowd to “fight like hell."

The results of the election were confirmed by state officials and upheld by the courts.

At least nine people died during and after the attack, including a Trump supporter who was shot and killed by police as she tried to break into the House chamber.

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Hold everyone involved in this attempted insurrection accountable fo the fullest extent of the law.

Interesting fact: None of the Trump supporting traitors had there due process rights violated. There will be no viable civil lawsuits from these traitors. This is some fantasy that’s floating around the “conservatives” bubble and repeated by the collective.

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rump’s own attorney general William Barr had said the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results

Unsubstantiated claims of fraud have been repeatedly rejected by judge after judge, including by Trump appointees, and by election officials across the country.

And yet the hard core followers of 45 continue to believe a serial liar like their Trump who claims the election was rigged and stolen, backing Trump are the Qanon Shaman and its fellow far right wacks, plus extreme right politicians like Ted Cruz, long known as one of the most dishonest pols in DC and others making up the Trump sect of the QGOP along with violent extremist, white power organizations like The Proud Boys and Boogaloo Boys all bent on seeing democracy in America further weakened so their Trump can run the country for his and his families' (crime and blood) benefit.

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Hold everyone involved in this attempted insurrection

It was not an insurrection. f it were they would have been charged with the crime.

Interesting fact: None of the Trump supporting traitors had there due process rights violated.

Yes, they were and that is why this Federal judge is holding the DC jail warden in contempt of their civil rights violation.

There will be no viable civil lawsuits from these traitors.

As American citizens they are afforded due process and they’re not traitors. The DOJ can’t even establish that critical point. These people are in a lot of trouble and as I keep saying, the lawsuits that will come out of this will be monumental.

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As American citizens they are afforded due process and they’re not traitors. The DOJ can’t even establish that critical point. These people are in a lot of trouble and as I keep saying, the lawsuits that will come out of this will be monumental.

Something you frequently repeat without any factual evidence, just like Trump had more than 200 court cases rejected.

Even many of the arrested and those already imprisoned have regrets over their actions. They were set up by Trump, cannon fodder for his cause.

The election was declared the safest in history. Dept. of Homeland Security. FBI. AG.

Numerous false claims of fraud.

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It was not an insurrection. f it were they would have been charged with the crime.

An insurrection is defined as:

insurrection, an organized and usually violent act of revolt or rebellion against an established government or governing authority of a nation-state or other political entity by a group of its citizens or subjects;

How is January 6th not an insurrection?

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Hillary; “ lock her up lock her up”

Election fraud; “a day in court, hear all the evidence “

This; “witch hunt, waste of time”

Shameless hypocrites is too forgiving. I think these people are just dumb as rocks.

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Ok, millions on one Hand don’t believe that, do t trust the FBI given their history, you can say that all day long, 

Lmao feels over reals. No one cares. Prove it. You can't.

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If the rioters had been successful with their plan it would have been an insurrection, but they failed so it was an attempted insurrection.

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Your link provides zero evidence

No, it does, if it didn’t then they would have been charged with insurrection and thst didn’t, also all of their lawyers have stated they weren’t formerly charged with a crime which brings me to my first point, so yes, there’s the evidence.

Did you not get the memo. Jan 6 was 100% about Trump.

Trump wasn’t arrested, so back to the people who’s rights were severely violated…..

Once again you have not been able to post any evidence,

I did more than once and more importantly, why is Nancy dodging the press and their questions about her role or lack of when it involved the security of that day. She’s real quick to the mic and tongue when it comes to attacking Trump, but incognito on the questions of her role on that day.

The AG and the directors of the security agencies were all appointed by Trump.

That doesn’t mean anything, first and foremost, they’re human. All humans can be persuaded, corrupted or influenced, anyone left or right.

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That article does not support the assertion that the insurrection rights were violated.

It definitely doesn’t support that Biden’s DOJ was in the right. Lol

Good thing the insurrectionists

How can they be insurrectionists when Biden’s own DOJ state that they weren’t? Now JT readers get to determine that? Based on what? Personal feelings?

were given due process and not incarcerated indefinitely.

No, they were not, as stated by their lawyers.

Why is it that the liberal networks don’t want to speak to the lawyers of these people? What are they afraid of?

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More than 800 arrests and more will happen.

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Trump statement issued via his Save America PAC

Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America

The highly partisan Unselect Committee is just a sideshow to distract America from MASSIVE failures by Biden and the Democrats. What happened to the Capitol would have never happened if the people in charge did their job and looked at the intelligence. They abandoned the officers on the ground.

I would like to point out

the person in charge that day you said that didn't do their job and abandoned the officers on the ground

that was you.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-says-jan-6-probe-is-a-sideshow-to-distract-from-biden-failings/ar-AAPooqU

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bass4funk

Your link provides zero evidence 

No, it does, if it didn’t then they would have been charged with insurrection and thst didn’t, also all of their lawyers have stated they weren’t formerly charged with a crime which brings me to my first point, so yes, there’s the evidence.

Show us one line in your linked article that the rioters were wrongly arrested which is your claim? I read the whole piece twice.

Did you not get the memo. Jan 6 was 100% about Trump.

Trump wasn’t arrested, so back to the people who’s rights were severely violated…..

The protestors stormed the Capitol Building after urging by Trump to get angry and march on it. More than 1,000 of the protestors became rioters and looters. It's everything to do with Trump, baby. You can not provide any evidence of how their rights were violated unless you mean the Capitol Police tried to stop them.

Once again you have not been able to post any evidence,

I did more than once and more importantly, why is Nancy dodging the press and their questions about her role or lack of when it involved the security of that day. She’s real quick to the mic and tongue when it comes to attacking Trump, but incognito on the questions of her role on that day.

Except you have not posted any evidence even once. I have requested you many times this year. The Speaker of the House role on the day was to declare the winner of the election which was Biden

The AG and the directors of the security agencies were all appointed by Trump. 

That doesn’t mean anything, first and foremost, they’re human. All humans can be persuaded, corrupted or influenced, anyone left or right.

So you are stating that Trump appointees are corrupt? Amazing what fantasies you believe in. You have no limits. So even Trump could be corrupt by your statement. Well, that part is true and correct.

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no one has been convicted of insurrection or treason nor even charged with it.

Its like an insistence to call someone a robber when nothing was stolen.

I know its good for the narrative, but its misinformation to describe this as such.

The DOJ has such flimsy cases even 9 months later that they are accepting misdemeanor pleas on felony charges.

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no one has been convicted of insurrection or treason nor even charged with it.

We all saw it on TV mate.

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no one has been convicted of insurrection or treason nor even charged with it.

lmao that doesn't meant it's not an insurrection. Again, here is the definition of insurrection:

*insurrection**, an organized and usually violent act of revolt or rebellion against an established government or governing authority of a nation-state or other political entity by a group of its citizens or subjects;*

Now, has January 6th not an insurrection?

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More than 800 arrests and more will happen

None of them will be in over a year, I assume less given the fact that their rights were violated. The DOJ can’t even definitively state what the main charge is. Wait until these people lawyer up.

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bass4funkToday  09:31 am JST

> None of them will be in over a year, I assume less given the fact that their rights were violated.

You have provided zero evidence of rights being violated. Even if there is evidence, it hasn’t been determined by a court that their rights were violated.

The DOJ can’t even definitively state what the main charge is. Wait until these people lawyer up.

Ypu really should leave the legal analysis to people who know what they are talking about.

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bass4funk

That doesn’t mean anything, first and foremost, they’re human. All humans can be persuaded, corrupted or influenced, anyone left or right.

What about the judges who rejected the more than 200 Trump cases, were they also corrupt? Many of them were appointed by Trump. The Trump lawyers were unable to give a single piece of real evidence. Trump called his VP Pence a traitor for not declaring Trump the president. Was he also corrupt?

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bass4funk

None of them will be in over a year, I assume less given the fact that their rights were violated.

You keep repeating the same statement without a shred of provided evidence. I guess we will have to call just your opinion then.

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Blacklabel

no one has been convicted of insurrection or treason nor even charged with it.

Its like an insistence to call someone a robber when nothing was stolen.

Attempted robbery is a crime. Conspiracy to rob is another crime.

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ok so how does that relate to the insistence in calling people insurrectionists and claiming treason to push a false narrative?

If it is actually so bad, you could call it what it actually was and it would still be bad. Wouldnt have to call it something more than it wasnt to try to convince people how bad you think it was.

arent murder and attempted murder or robbery and attempted robbery quite different in final outcome and severity?

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5 police were killed!

Uh no, actually they werent.

they either died of natural causes later on, or killed themselves for unknown and reasons that were never confirmed as related in any way to what happened.

100s of police were hospitalized!

Uh no, they werent. Some of them likely visited a hospital, but that is not the meaning of the word "hospitalized."

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ok so how does that relate to the insistence in calling people insurrectionists and claiming treason to push a false narrative?

False narrative? Lmao this is the definition of insurrection:

**insurrection**, an organized and usually violent act of revolt or rebellion against an established government or governing authority of a nation-state or other political entity by a group of its citizens or subjects;**

Those that participated in 1/6 are definitionally insurrectionists.

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It turned into an insurrection attempt to stop the democratic election of the new president but the insurrection failed.

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