I did some research on my own on the White House Communications Agency (WHCA). It has nothing to do with the White House communications director, whose office is responsible for shaping and promoting the president’s agenda and leading his media campaign. Instead, the White House Communications Agency is a military unit made up of non-commissioned officers (non-commissioned officers) from all branches of the armed forces, who provide communications support to the president and his staff.
here’s how The Washington Post described the WHCA in 2017:
The mission of the White House Communications Agency is to prevent eavesdropping on presidential communications and to ensure that White House officials can be safely contacted around the world at all times.
WHCA non-commissioned officers set up secure communications at the request of the President and his senior staff. This likely means that Trump and / or his key associates were involved in the drafting or preparation of the incriminating letter, using the most secure channels of communication with Clark.
The transcript of the deposition shows that House counsel wanted to question Clark about the “strongly negative” response to his proposed letter from then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.
The lawyer further noted that Rosen’s principal deputy, Richard Donaghue, considered Clark’s letter to be “factually inaccurate” because the Justice Department was not investigating serious allegations of voter fraud, and that it It would be inappropriate for the ministry to suggest that a state call its legislature in session to overturn its election results.
Clark played a key role in President Donald Trump’s efforts in the days leading up to the Jan.6 insurgency to overturn the 2020 presidential election results, meeting with the president outside the DOJ chain of command.
Rosen and Donaghue have previously testified before the Special House Committee as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Senate Judiciary Commission reported that Trump was prepared to install Clark as acting attorney general in Rosen’s place, but was barred from doing so during a White House meeting on January 3, when Rosen and other senior officials DOJ officials, as well as White House lawyer Pat Cipollone, all threatened to resign if he did so.
Wednesday, select committee approved report to hold Clark in contempt of Congress for defying his subpoena to answer questions in his November 5 testimony, as well as for failing to provide documents to the panel. The committee ultimately decided to delay sending the recommendation for contempt of Congress to the entire House for a vote after Clark agreed to appear for a second deposition.
This deposition was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was delayed until December 16 after Clark reported that a health issue prevented him from testifying. California representative Adam Schiff, a member of the committee, said the panel was convinced that Clark’s condition was real.
In a letter to the committee, Clark’s attorney said his client intends to claim his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination during second testimony.
On Thursday, Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, Committee Vice-Chair, reacted to Clark’s intention to invoke the Fifth in his deposition.
“People kind of talk about the Fifth Amendment without stopping to think about what he says if he invokes the Fifth – that he won’t answer a question because he’s worried about criminal prosecution,” Cheney said.
“And if you think about that in the context of the questions we’re asking – which have to do with his talks with President Trump about the election – and if he feels he can’t answer those questions about the talks with Donald Trump because he is afraid that he will be the subject of criminal proceedings, the American people deserve to know it, ”she added.
Another Conservative lawyer, John Eastman, also said he iintended to plead the Fifth Amendment in response to a subpoena from the select committee. Eastman wrote a note with the questionable claim that Vice President Mike Pence had the power to overturn the 2020 election.
If both attorneys fear their testimony could implicate them in a crime, it raises the question of whether Attorney General Merrick Garland has opened an investigation into Eastman and Clark and will eventually convene a grand jury. Trying to fraudulently interfere in an election can be both a federal crime and a state crime.
If the White House was involved in helping Clark draft the baseless letter to Georgian officials, it could be important in another case. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating whether Trump and his cronies broke Georgia state law by attempting to overturn the presidential election results in that state.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in November that Willis is likely to form a special grand jury to support his investigation into Trump. His investigation centers on Trump’s Jan. 2 phone call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which he urged the Republican to “find” the votes necessary to undo Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia last November. .