Jeffrey Clark splits with lawyer ahead of testimony before Jan. 6 panel: report

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark has split with his lawyer ahead of his expected Friday testimony before the select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Politico reported Thursday, citing two sources familiar.

It was reportedly unclear why Clark split with attorney Robert Driscoll and when exactly it happened, though Politico described it as a recent move. It is also unclear if Clark will be represented by someone else by the time he testifies in front of the Capitol insurrection panel.

Driscoll did not immediately return The Hill's or Politico's request for comment.


A Senate Judiciary Committee report released earlier this month shed some light on the role that Clark and others in the Trump administration played in a scheme seeking to dispute the results of 2020 election.

The committee report — which included testimony, documents and emails from former acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and former U.S. Attorney Byung Pak — alleged that Clark proposed an idea during a meeting where Georgia officials would be sent letters by him and other Justice Department officials falsely asserting that they had found “significant concerns” that could affect the results of the November vote. 

Clark also reportedly told Rosen that unless he was willing to sign onto the idea, then-President TrumpDonald TrumpMedia giants side with Bannon on request to release Jan. 6 documents Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE was ready to replace him with Clark, according to the Senate report.

Other officials from whom the Jan. 6 select committee is seeking to hear include Trump loyalist Kash Patel, former Trump strategist Stephen Bannon and former White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsJan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official Fauci 'not aware' Trump tested positive for COVID-19 days before 2020 debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's pre-debate COVID-19 test sparks criticism MORE

Last week, the House voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress after he snubbed a subpoena by the House select committee.