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Lawyer who aided Trump subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee

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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas former Justice Dept. lawyer

By JILL COLVIN, MICHELLE R. SMITH, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has issued a subpoena to a former Justice Department lawyer who positioned himself as an ally of Donald Trump and aided the Republican president’s efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

The subpoena to Jeffrey Clark, revealed Wednesday, came amid signs of a rapidly escalating congressional inquiry. At least three of the officials who were involved in organizing the rally that preceded the violent riot have handed over documents in response to subpoenas from the committee.

The demands for documents and testimony from Clark reflect the committee’s efforts to probe not only the deadly insurrection but also the tumult that roiled the Justice Department in the weeks leading up to it as Trump and his allies leaned on government lawyers to advance his baseless claims that the election results were fraudulent. Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol in an effort to disrupt the congressional certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory

Clark, an assistant attorney general in the Trump administration, has emerged as a pivotal character in that saga. A Senate committee report issued last week shows how he championed Trump’s efforts to undo the election results inside the Justice Department and clashed as a result with superiors who resisted the pressure, culminating in a dramatic White House meeting at which Trump floated the idea of elevating Clark to attorney general.

“The Select Committee’s investigation has revealed credible evidence that you attempted to involve the Department of Justice in efforts to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power,” the chairman of the committee, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, wrote in a letter to Clark announcing the subpoena.

While Trump ultimately did not appoint Clark acting attorney general, Clark’s “efforts risked involving the Department of Justice in actions that lacked evidentiary foundation and threatened to subvert the rule of law,” Thompson added.

The committee has scheduled a deposition for Oct. 29 and demanded documents by the same date. A lawyer for Clark declined to comment.

The Jan. 6 panel has so far sought testimony from a broad cast of witnesses, but its demands of Trump aides and associates are potentially complicated by Trump’s vow to fight their cooperation on grounds of executive privilege.

Already one witness, Steve Bannon, has told the committee that he will not cooperate based on Trump’s directive, though the committee has said it was “engaging” with two other Trump officials — former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel. It is also unclear whether Dan Scavino, Trump’s longtime social media director and one of his most loyal aides, will cooperate.

Others, though, are cooperating, including some of the 11 who organized or staffed the Trump rally that preceded the riot. They were given a Wednesday deadline to turn over documents and records, and have also been asked to appear at separate depositions the committee has scheduled beginning this month.

Among those responding to the Wednesday deadline was Lyndon Brentnall, whose firm was hired to provide event security that day. “All the documents and communications requested by the subpoena were handed in,” he told The Associated Press.

Brentnall had previously said his firm had “every intention” of complying with the select committee. “As far as we’re concerned, we ran security at a legally permitted event run in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service and the Park Police,” he said.

Two longtime Trump campaign and White House staffers, Megan Powers and Hannah Salem, who were listed on the Jan 6. rally permit as “operations manager for scheduling and guidance” and “operations manager for logistics and communications,” have also provided documents or are planning to do so.

Powers, who served as the Trump reelection campaign’s director of operations, intends to provide the requested documentation and to meet with the committee — though it remains unclear what form such meetings will take, according to a person familiar with her response who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Many of the rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 marched up the National Mall after attending at least part of Trump’s rally, where he had repeated his meritless claims of election fraud and implored the crowd to “fight like hell.”

The results of the election were confirmed by state officials and upheld by the courts. Trump’s own attorney general, William Barr, had said the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have overturned the results.

It remains unclear whether the others who were subpoenaed intend to cooperate. A committee spokesperson declined to comment Wednesday on the responses it had received and how many of the 11 were complying.

Members of the committee, including Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the panel’s Republican vice chairwoman, have threatened to pursue criminal contempt charges against subpoenaed witnesses who refuse to comply. A House vote would send those charges to the Department of Justice, which would then decide whether to prosecute.

The subpoena to Clark follows the release of a Senate Judiciary Committee report that documented extraordinary tensions within the senior ranks of the Justice Department in December and January as Trump and his allies prodded the law enforcement agency to help him in undoing the election.

The report from the committee’s Democratic majority depicts Clark as a relentless advocate inside the building for Trump’s efforts, even presenting colleagues with a draft letter pushing Georgia officials to convene a special legislative session on the election results. Clark wanted the letter sent, but superiors at the Justice Department refused.

“We need to understand Mr. Clark’s role in these efforts at the Justice Department and learn who was involved across the administration,” Thompson wrote.

Two additional organizers, Ali Alexander and Nathan Martin, as well as their “Stop the Steal” organization, were also subpoenaed for documents, which are due Oct. 21.

Alexander wrote in a Telegram post Monday that the committee was “subpoenaing people in bad faith.”

“So maybe this Select Committee is bogus?” he added. “Everyone is waiting to see what I’ll do.”

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Colvin reported from New York and Smith from Providence, Rhode Island.

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Denver weather: January snaps months-long streak of below-average precipitation

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Denver weather: January snaps months-long streak of below-average precipitation

May 2021 was the last time Denver saw more moisture than average within a month. June through December provided less than normal precipitation and in more months than not, we didn’t even get a fraction of the amount of moisture we normally receive.

With facts like that, it’s no wonder we slipped back into widespread drought and battled a winter wildfire. Between July and December, Denver should have received 7.05-inches of precipitation. The city only reported 1.2-inches of precipitation during that time — a sixth of what typically occurs.

Things haven’t quite turned around yet but we at least have officially ended our streak of months with below-average moisture. January came in strong as snow was falling from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day. Just a few days later, another round of snow brought a decent amount of moisture with it. After a bit of a lull in the middle of the month, we snagged another round of snow which gave us enough moisture to surpass what is typically expected for the entire month.

Denver precipitation compared to normal

It has been exceptionally dry across Denver since last June. After a very wet spring, summer quickly came with dry weather that stayed put through the end of the year. Notably, June through December was Denver’s driest last 6 months of the year on record. June, July and August are some of our wettest months of the year but the recent June through August stretch was anything but wet.

October and November provided Denver with hardly anything measurable. Each of those months, less than a tenth of an inch of moisture fell for the entire month! The extremely dry conditions over an extended time period only exacerbated our deepening drought.

Through December, our dry woes continued with below-normal precipitation falling for the month. Thanks to a New Year’s Eve snowstorm, we ended December with almost half of the normal precipitation that is expected but that snowstorm is what kicked off January on a good note.

As you know, our snow season started off very slow. We have yet to catch up from the deficit that grew from September to December but similar to the precipitation during this month, snowfall has now exceeded the normal amount for the month. Tuesday’s snowstorm gave Denver at least 5 inches of snow which bumps our monthly total up to 10.6 inches. Just over 4-inches more than what normally falls this month.

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Rockies Mailbag: Rox interested in Kyle Schwarber, but can they land him?

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Rockies Mailbag: Rox interested in Kyle Schwarber, but can they land him?

Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders with the latest installment of his Rockies Mailbag.

Pose a Rockies — or MLB — related question for the Rockies Mailbag.

Who do you think the Rox will pick up before the season starts?

— David J. Akman, Redding, Calif.

David, that’s the multi-million-dollar question. I know general manager Bill Schmidt wants to add power to the outfield, and he will take a look at a slick-fielding shortstop and explore both relief pitchers and starters. Making a trade or two is possible, too.

But if I had to pick one player the Rockies will make a run at, it would be free agent Kyle Schwarber. He could be a designated hitter, play left field, or fill in at first base for the Rockies. I know that the Rockies are interested in Schwarber, but that doesn’t mean they will land him.

Schwarber slashed .266/.374/.554 in 113 games last season with Boston. Despite missing a month with a hamstring injury, he hit 32 home runs for Boston. Imagine the damage he could do at Coors Field.

The Rockies, however, will have plenty of competition for Schwarber. In fact, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury wrote that the Phillies were “in full pursuit” of Schwarber in the days leading up to the lockout.

There were pre-lockout reports that the Rockies were looking at Kris Bryant, but with Scott Boras as his agent, I don’t see the Rockies paying the kind of money Bryant will demand.

We have two related questions about the current Major League Baseball lockout.

After watching an incredible weekend of NFL playoff games that were all won on the last play of the game, what can baseball do to make the game much more entertaining? Being in a labor dispute cannot help. Do the owners and players not realize their sport is slowly going the way of the rotary phone?

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Why Nuggets’ ugly win over Pistons might actually serve as a blueprint

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Why Nuggets’ ugly win over Pistons might actually serve as a blueprint

DETROIT — After months of waiting and weeks of teasing, Jeff Green finally got his hardware.

The Nuggets veteran helped spearhead Denver’s second-half defensive effort against the Pistons on Tuesday night, salvaging a performance that featured an ungodly 25 turnovers for 38 points.

In the aftermath of their 110-105 win, Green beamed from the postgame podium, having been awarded the Defensive Player of the Game chain. His 20 points and four rebounds had buttressed Nikola Jokic’s latest sparkling effort, but his versatility had been integral in limiting Detroit to just 46 points in the second half on only 37% shooting.

But he didn’t wear the chain to the press conference, as most inaugural winners have. He didn’t need to.

“I know what I did,” Green said with a Cheshire grin.

Outside of Green, who acted like he just won an Oscar, according to Nuggets coach Michael Malone, no one was happier for the team’s elder statesman than Jokic. Video from the post-game locker room showed Jokic bouncing on Green’s shoulder at the award.

But once Jokic met the cameras late Tuesday night, his excitement for Green had waned.

“Sometimes they just give people stuff,” said Jokic with his trademark sarcasm.

The reality is that on most nights, against most teams, the Nuggets would’ve gotten blown out, especially on the road. Their turnovers, evenly distributed between the starters and bench, should’ve been debilitating. A recipe for disaster, Jokic said.

What the Nuggets did Tuesday night, though, was find a different exit route. Even with their jarring mistakes, they found a formula.

“It showed us a lot of things that we’re capable of regardless of how we play on the offensive end,” Green said.

How else could the Nuggets win with only 13 points in the fourth quarter?

Jokic lauded Green’s athleticism at age 35, his versatility in his ability to guard all five positions and his knowledge of the league. Jokic said outside of the rookies, Green is a de-facto encyclopedia of NBA personnel.

Next Jokic moved onto Aaron Gordon, the team’s defensive stalwart. His eagerness to learn and invest in the game has earned Jokic’s respect, he said.

Up and down the roster, there are players capable of playing connected defense. On a night when Monte Morris shot just 3 for 14 from the field, the smallest guy on the court wrangled in eight rebounds, including a key defensive board late in the fourth quarter as the Pistons had cut the lead to four.

Asked the DNA of this current Nuggets rosters, Jokic couldn’t help but revel in the postgame mood.

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