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January 26, 2023
Federal agents searched the Virginia home of former Trump Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark on Wednesday morning, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the activity.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., said they “can confirm there was law enforcement activity in that area yesterday,” but declined to comment on specific individuals or the nature of that activity.
Clark served as acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Division during Trump’s final months in office, and colleagues have testified he was a “true believer” that the 2020 election had been stolen, according to NBC News.
Clark reportedly went against DOJ policy and met directly with the White House regarding 2020 election issues, rather than going through proper channels.
“It’s even more evident in hindsight, but at the time, I did think, ‘He’s meeting with the president and now he wants to be briefed by the [Director of National Intelligence] on thermostats?…Just what is going on here with Jeff Clark?” former Trump-appointed Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen told the Senate Judiciary Committee last year.
The Center for Renewing America, where Clark works, confirmed the search at Clark’s house, calling it a “weaponization of government.”
“The new era of criminalizing politics is worsening in the US. Yesterday more than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officials searched Jeff Clark’s house in a pre-dawn raid, put him in the streets in his pajamas, and took his electronic devices. All because Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud. This is not America, folks,” the group’s president Russ Vought, the former Office of Management and Budget director under Trump, said in a statement. “The weaponization of government must end. Let me be very clear. We stand by Jeff and so must all patriots in this country.”
On Thursday, the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack was expected to hear testimony from multiple former Justice Department officials with knowledge of Clark’s proposal of a plan to pressure states to invalidate Biden’s electoral victories after the 2020 election.
Clark’s deputy Richard Donoghue questioned Clark’s ability to serve as an Attorney General. Donoghue said he told Clark, “You’re an environmental lawyer. How about you go back to your office, and we’ll call you when there’s an oil spill.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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