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Chair Bennie Thompson questions witnesses during the first hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, July 27. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Jan. 6 select committee issued a subpoena to Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who reportedly helped former President Donald Trump amplify false claims around the election.

Why it matters: The announcement comes on the heels of a report by the Senate Judiciary Committee that detailed the extent of Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

  • The committee has been steadily issuing subpoenas to Trump officials as they ramp up their investigation.
  • The Senate report also detailed Clark's role in Trump's pressure campaign, which included proposing a letter to state legislators encouraging them to delay certification of election results.
  • Clark also told former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and former Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue that Trump had offered to install him as acting attorney general, Axios' Zachary Basu reports.

What they're saying: "The Select Committee needs to understand all the details about efforts inside the previous administration to delay the certification of the 2020 election," select committee Chair Bennie Thompson said in an emailed statement.

  • "We need to understand Mr. Clark's role in these efforts at the Justice Department and learn who was involved across the administration," he added.

What to watch: The subpoena requires Clark to produce records and testify at a deposition on Oct. 29, per the statement.

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Kinzinger defends Biden's comments on prosecuting those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas

Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Sunday defended President Biden's support for prosecuting those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee, telling CNN's "State of the Union" that Biden has "every right" to make his position clear.

Driving the news: Biden said Friday that he hoped the Justice Department would prosecute those who defy subpoenas and hold them accountable.

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Congress begins yearend sprint

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The House and Senate face an onslaught of deadlines key to fulfilling members' campaign promises and keeping the government afloat as they return from recess this week.

Why it matters: The next few weeks will be pivotal to enacting President Biden's agenda — and determining how the Democratic Party fares in the midterm elections.

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Democrats' clean power outlook is very muddy

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Here are two big questions as a key Democratic proposal to slash emissions from power generation flounders: how much its demise would sap climate protections, and what might replace it.

Catch up fast: New financial carrots and sticks for utilities to deploy zero-carbon power — the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) — look unlikely to stay in Democrats' big social spending and climate bill.

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