Jeffrey Clark Pleads the 5th: What are the Options Now for the Jan. 6 Committee and for the DOJ
from Glenn Kirschner, with Justice Matters
[ Editor’s Note: Kirschner explains in this longer than usual video the complicated options and decisions that the DoJ is facing in dealing with Jeffrey Clark after his appearing for the Jan6 Committee and taking the 5th, in and out in 90 minutes, when those who talk are there for 6 to 9 hours.
The DoJ has witnesses on the inside that worked with Jeffrey Clark while Trump was playing him for the fool he was to flip the election, possibly with a promise to be made AG in his next term.
But that route would have DoJ officials testifying against one of their own, which always has a risk of the agency being charged with a biased prosecution of Clark, when it is an institution that is very sensitive to bad optics.
We all saw how quickly AG Bob Barr bailed out of the DoJ when he saw Trump was going to throw anything against the wall that could give him cover for the aggressive actions in the works to steal the election.
Jeffrey Clark does not have a campaign committee like Trump does to pay his legal bills, hence taking the 5th is always cheaper. Frankly I don’t feel that his telling all is needed. It certainly looks like there is enough DoJ people evidence to convict him… Jim W. Dean ]
First published February 5, 2022
Former high Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark appeared before the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 100 times.
This video reviews the options available to the Jan. 6 committee, including the possibility of granting Clark immunity, in deciding what to do with Clark now that he has pled the 5th and refused to testify.
This video also reviews the challenges facing the Department of Justice, including potential conflicts of interest, in investigating and prosecuting one of its own former high officials.
Finally, this video discusses the pros and cons of using a special counsel to investigate DOJ officials who may have committed crimes, and the need to revive the lapsed independent counsel statute.