The deposition of Jeffrey Clark, a top Department of Justice employee under former President Donald Trump, has been postponed due to a medical problem, according to the congressional committee investigating the fatal Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, Reuters reports.
Clark was set to be questioned by the House panel over charges that he attempted to assist Trump to sway the 2020 presidential race. He was anticipated to use his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, which might help him avoid contempt penalties suggested by the committee.
Several witnesses have testified that Clark pushed Donald Trump to fire interim Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and replace him with him as the president of the agency so that he could initiate inquiries to back up Trump’s phony election fraud accusations. After learning that appointing Clark would result in the resignation of all remaining top Justice Department officials, Trump abandoned the plan.
Clark, the former chief of the Justice Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division, has a lengthy history of feuding with his colleagues before the election. According to Reuters, he attempted to halt significant pollution cases and formed a “Trespass Team” to figure out how to utilize nuisance laws to prosecute demonstrators in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2020.