House riot committee's focus turning to Trump pressuring the DOJ to intervene for him: CNN
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According to a report from CNN's Annie Grayer, investigators working for the House select committee looking into the Jan 6th insurrection are becoming increasingly interested in interactions between former president Donald Trump and members of the Department of Justice -- with one former DOJ official at the center of inquiry.

With the Guardian reporting on Sunday that former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark is facing possible disbarment as well as a criminal indictment, the CNN report states a case against Trump could hinge on getting Clark to finally speak to the committee.

"Clark, a Trump-appointed environment law chief at the Justice Department, has become a major figure in the emerging narrative about behind-the-scenes efforts by Trump and his closest allies to orchestrate a leadership coup at the Justice Department and peddle lies about election fraud," the report states, adding that chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) called his testimony "very essential."

The report notes that former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen sat down with investigators for eight hours this week.

Combined with the subpoena issued to Clark, Grayer wrote, "Both moves underscore that the panel is interested in learning more about how Trump attempted to pressure top officials to investigate claims of election fraud during the former President's final days in office -- an issue the committee has said is a focal point of its sweeping probe into the events around January 6."

The report adds, "While Thompson previously said the panel considers the Senate report a helpful resource in its investigation, the committee is now making clear it wants to hear from the former DOJ officials directly."

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