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6 Takeaways From The Fifth Jan. 6 Select Committee Hearing

6 Takeaways From The Fifth Jan. 6 Select Committee Hearing

The focus of the fifth Jan. 6 House select committee hearing presented findings about President Trump’s attempts to involve the Justice Department in plans to help him overturn the 2020 presidential election, and the official in the department who sought to help him, Jeffrey Clark.

Here are some of the highlights and new revelations:

Who’s Jeffrey Clark and how did Trump meet him?

  • Clark was assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division from 2018 to 2021. 
  • He had never tried a criminal case or conducted a criminal investigation when he plotted with Trump to oust the acting attorney general and take the job as the nation’s top law enforcement official, according to top former Justice Department officials.
  • Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen only became aware Trump was acquainted with Clark on Dec. 24, 2020, when Trump made a “peculiar” reference to Clark during a discussion about election fraud. Rosen recalled being puzzled by the mention of Clark because the environmental division wasn’t involved in investigating voter fraud.
  • GOP Rep. Scott Perry, of Pennsylvania, introduced Clark to Trump, bringing him to a White House meeting on Dec. 22, the select committee discovered.
  • On Thursday morning, law enforcement authorities searched Clark’s home.
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What the witnesses said about Jeffrey Clark

Clark pushed the idea of sending a Justice Department letter urging state legislators in Georgia to delay the election certification, citing suspected voter fraud. Former White House attorney Eric Herschmann told the committee in recorded testimony, “Clark’s proposal was nuts. I mean this is a guy … best I can tell, the only thing you know about environmental and elections challenges is they both start with ‘E.’”


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