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Joseph Clark

Joseph Clark

Joseph Clark covers Congress and national security for The Washington Times. He is a Kansas native and holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Kansas. Joseph spent ten years in the Navy after college and worked briefly in banking prior to obtaining his master's degree from the Columbia Journalism School and joining The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Joseph Clark

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021. A federal judge has rejected Trump's request to block the release of documents to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, declined to issue a preliminary injunction sought by Trump's lawyers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Jan. 6 committee pleads for urgent release of Trump White House documents

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol told a federal appeals court on Monday that further delay in releasing former President Donald Trump's White House records "would inflict a serious constitutional injury" on the committee and interfere with its "legislative duty." Published November 22, 2021

A man wearing an Oath Keepers shirt stands outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wis. Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings that became a flashpoint in the nation's debate over guns, vigilantism and racial injustice. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Wisconsin governor urges peaceful response to Rittenhouse verdict

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Friday called for peaceful demonstrations after a Kenosha jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges in connection with the fatal shootings of two people during last year's unrest in the city. Published November 19, 2021

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon pauses to speak with reporters after departing federal court, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bannon pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two counts of criminal contempt of Congress after being indicted for failing to comply with a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Published November 17, 2021

A Russian construction worker speaks on a mobile phone during a ceremony marking the start of Nord Stream pipeline construction in Portovaya Bay some 170 kms (106 miles) north-west from St. Petersburg, Russia on April 9, 2010. Europe is short of gas. Russia could in theory supply more beyond its long-term agreements, but hasn't, leading to accusations it is holding back to pressure Europe to approve a new controversial Russian pipeline.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) **FILE**

Russian pipeline sanctions back on table as Senate debates defense bill

Republican lawmakers are pushing to reimpose sanctions on Russia's nearly operational undersea pipeline into Germany in a last-ditch attempt to thwart the Kremlin's dominance over European energy markets as the Senate takes up the annual defense policy bill. Published November 17, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., appears at a news conference following a Democratic strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, on Oct. 26, 2021. Democrats $1.85 trillion package of social and climate initiatives seems afflicted by a maddening parade of hurdles. Looming ahead is the Congressional Budget Office, which could cause problems that would be messy but probably surmountable. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Big fights in play as Senate tackles massive defense policy bill

Including women in the draft, boosting defense spending, and rewriting a president's powers to fight future wars are among key ideological flashpoints in play as the Senate begins considering its version of the massive annual defense policy bill. Published November 16, 2021

Hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway  of the international airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug.16. 2021. Thousands of Afghans have rushed onto the tarmac of Kabul’s international airport, some so desperate to escape the Taliban capture of their country that they held onto an American military jet as it took off and plunged to death. (Verified UGC via AP)

House Republicans request interviews with 34 Biden officials on botched Afghan withdrawal

Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are requesting that 34 Biden administration officials appear for transcribed interviews regarding the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan in an escalation of the lawmakers' probe after "months of delayed and often incomplete responses" from senior State Department officials. Published November 15, 2021