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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.

Go deeper

Oct 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Merrick Garland faces first testimony before House Judiciary Committee

Photo: Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland will testify before the House Judiciary Committee next Thursday, according to a notice of the oversight hearing obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: This will be the first time Garland has appeared before the panel. The hearing comes as the Justice Department faces a series of contentious issues, including enforcement of the Jan. 6 committee's subpoenas, the crackdown on Texas' new abortion law, the overflowing of migrants at the border, voting rights and more.

John Frank, author of Denver
23 hours ago - Axios Denver

Colorado activist played big role in Donald Trump's "Big Lie"

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A far-right activist who hosted a podcast went public with a fantastical claim just weeks ahead of the 2020 election.

Driving the news: Colorado’s Joe Oltmann says he listened to a phone call hosted by left-wing "antifa" activists in September 2020.

DOJ restores retirement benefits for ex-FBI senior official

Then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifying before a House subcommittee in June 2017. Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

The Department of Justice gave former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe back pay and restored his retirement benefits as part of a settlement for a federal lawsuit alleging he was illegally fired for political reasons in March 2018.

Why it matters: McCabe had been dismissed hours before he was set to retire by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions after an inspector general's report alleged that he had improperly disclosed information to reporters, meaning he was denied retirement and other benefits.

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