FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2020
DOJ Lawyer Subpoenaed to Speak at House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Politicization within DOJ
Government Accountability Project Client to Testify on Experiences in Anti-Trust Division
WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, Government Accountability Project client and Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney John W. Elias will testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Elias was subpoenaed last week by Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) to provide testimony during the committee’s hearing on politicization within the Department of Justice under the Trump administration.
Elias has worked for DOJ for over a decade. During the Trump administration, he has served in the department’s anti-trust division which initiated an investigation into a fuel efficiency agreement brokered between auto manufacturers and the state of California. Democratic officials have criticized the inquiry as biased and politically motivated.
The hearing on the politicization of the DOJ takes place after multiple controversies involving top Trump administration officials, including Barr’s intervention in the Roger Stone case and subsequent resignation of the case’s four prosecutors, the dropping of charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the tear gassing of peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square, and, just this past week the bungled firing of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Other witnesses at the hearing include DOJ prosecutor Aaron S. J. Zelinsky, who resigned from the Stone case after department officials walked back sentencing, and former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer, who served in the department under George H. W. Bush.
Of the hearing, Elias’ attorney David Seide said, “Mr. Elias is under subpoena. He plans to comply. He is protected as a federal whistleblower.”
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