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Who is Jeff Clark?

Jeff Clark was named as a co-defendant alongside Trump and 17 others in the Georgia 2020 election probe. 

Jan 6th Committee issues criminal referral for Jeff Clark to Department of Justice. 

The transcript of Jeffery Clark's complete testimony to the Jan 6 Committee has been released. 

  • Clark is a DOJ lawyer who pushed to overturn the 2020 election results for Donald Trump. 

  • Clark violated DOJ rules by meeting with Trump outside of official channels. 

  • Clark pleaded the 5th over 100 times in his deposition with the January 6th Committee. 

 

Jeff Clark is an environmental lawyer who spent two years as the assistant attorney general between 2018-2020. The lawyer is now infamously known for plotting to use the Justice Department to aid President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. 

Clark was a traditional conservative lawyer up until 2020 when his colleagues at the Justice Department began noticing his "internet theories" about voting machines' being hacked via smart thermostats.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Rosen started realizing something was "off-kilter" and that  "something odd was going on with Jeff Clark," when it was learned that Clark had met with Trump, violating a Justice Department rule banning contact between Justice Department officials and the White House except through proper channels.

Jeff Clark

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At the time, William Barr had just resigned as attorney general after he was unable to convince Trump the election hadn't been stolen. He was replaced by Rosen. But Trump remained displeased that the Justice Department wasn't aiding his efforts to overturn the election and wanted to replace Rosen with Clark.

 

The January 6th Committee is investigating Trump’s pressure plan to coerce the Department of Justice into helping him overturn the 2020 election. 

 

Clark was subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 committee in October. He refused to answer questions during a deposition. The committee recommended contempt charges but then backed off when it set up another interview with Clark. Clark was reported to have invoked the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times when he testified again in February 2022. 

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