Federal investigators interviewed former President Trump’s attorney Justin Clark
Federal investigators interviewed former President Trump’s attorney Justin Clark two weeks ago, prosecutors say
- Justin Clark was questioned by DOJ prosecutors on June 29, it was revealed
- He said Trump never claimed executive privilege over Steve Bannon’s testimony
- Bannon has now agreed to appear before the January 6 committee
Donald Trump’s attorney, Justin Clark, was interviewed by federal investigators two weeks ago, the Justice Department has revealed.
The attorney was questioned by DOJ prosecutors on June 29, a court filing related to Steve Bannon’s criminal contempt case revealed.
Bannon, a former White House strategist, will go on trial next Monday for defying a Jan. 6 select committee subpoena.
The decision to interview Clark could have wider implications for the multiple investigations Trump and his entourage face.
Donald Trump’s attorney Justin Clark (pictured) was interviewed by federal investigators two weeks ago, the Justice Department has revealed
Investigators believe Bannon and other Trump advisers may have information about White House ties to Capitol crowd
Bannon was among dozens of people called to testify about last year’s assault on the Capitol aimed at shutting down Congress following former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that Joe Biden won the 2020 election in due to electoral fraud.
Investigators believe Bannon and other Trump advisers may have information about the White House’s ties to the mob that swarmed the Capitol on the day he was to certify Biden as the winner.
Although he is not a White House employee or an official aide to Trump, Bannon’s attorneys have previously asserted that he is protected by presidential executive privilege and does not have to cooperate with the committee.
But now, the former president of Breitbart says he is ready to testify during the hearings.
Trump has now signed a letter backing the decision and claimed to “waive” executive privilege over the testimony.
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Vaughn said Clark told the DOJ in June that Trump had never invoked executive privilege to arrest Bannon.
Bannon, a former White House strategist, will go on trial next Monday for defying a Jan. 6 select committee subpoena
She wrote, according to Politico: “Defendant’s timing suggests that the only thing that has really changed since he refused to comply with the subpoena in October 2021 is that he is finally on the point of facing the consequences of its decision to default.
“All of the circumstances described above suggest that the defendant’s sudden wish to testify is not a genuine effort to fulfill his obligations, but a last-ditch attempt to avoid accountability.”
Vaughn said Clark contradicted numerous claims made by Bannon and his defense team who said correspondence with Clark was the basis of their executive privilege claims.
But Vaughn told the DOJ, “The former president never claimed executive privilege over particular information or documents; that the lawyer for the former president never requested nor was invited to attend the deposition of the defendant before the select committee; that the lawyer for the accused misrepresented before the committee what the lawyer for the former president had told the lawyer for the accused; and that the former president’s attorney made it clear to the defendant’s attorney that the letter provided no basis for complete noncompliance.
The day after his interview, the DOJ provided Bannon’s team with a report of Clark’s statements.
It’s unclear if he was specifically interviewed about Bannon or other Trump-related issues.