Jeffrey Clark: Feds Search Home Of Former DOJ Official Who Fueled Trump’s False Voter Fraud Claims

Clark is the former DOJ attorney former President Donald Trump sought to install as attorney general in the days before the Jan. 6 riots on Capitol Hill, as top officials refused to accept his claims of voter fraud.

It was unclear what investigators were looking for at Clark’s home, but the raid was part of a broader Justice Department investigation into the effort to nullify the 2020 election, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The search occurred on the day the Justice Department served subpoenas on people involved in the Trump campaign’s push to organize a list of fake voters to try to certify an electoral victory for Trump and not Joe Biden. It was at the center of an effort by Trump to get the Justice Department to falsely claim there was enough voter fraud in Georgia and other states he lost.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office in Washington confirmed that “there was police activity in the immediate vicinity” of Clark’s home, but declined to comment on any particular person or activity.

Clark’s attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.

The Center for Renewing America, where Clark works, confirmed the search of Clark’s home, calling it “government weaponry.”

“The new era of criminalizing politics is getting worse in the U.S. Yesterday, more than a dozen Department of Justice law enforcement officials searched Jeff Clark’s home in a predawn raid, put him on the street in their pajamas and took their electronic devices. All because Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud. This is not America, folks,” the group’s president, Russ Vought, former director of Trump’s Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement. “The militarization of the government must end. Let me be very clear. We support Jeff and so should all patriots in this country.”

clark had met with the House select committee investigating on January 6 in February, but he argued the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times during his nearly two-hour statement.

He was a Trump-appointed environmental law chief at the Justice Department who in December 2020 became the deputy attorney general for the civil division of Justice.

Clark and his efforts to help the Trump campaign subvert the 2020 presidential election are expected to come under the spotlight. Committee Hearing on Thursday, January 6.
In December 2020, Clark circulated a draft letter between Rosen and other Justice Department leaders that he wanted to send to Georgia officials and eventually similar versions to “every relevant state.” The letter, which was published by ABC News last year, falsely said prosecutors had found “significant concerns” with the election results and urged Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to call a special session of the state legislature. to appoint pro-Trump voters.
clark too promoted conspiracy theories inside the Justice Department, such as Chinese spies using thermometers to tamper with US voting machines, according to internal emails made public in a 2021 Senate Judiciary Committee report.

In the days leading up to Jan. 6, Clark helped Trump devise a plan to oust then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, put himself at the top of the department and have the Justice Department intervene in Georgia to sideline the results of the vote in order to influence the state towards Trump. .

During a dramatic Oval Office meeting on Jan. 3, 2021, Rosen, his then-deputy Richard Donoghue, and Office of Legal Counsel chief Steven Engel threatened to resign in protest, prompting Trump to ultimately walk away from the plan to install to Clark. as attorney general.

“I pointed out to him that Jeff Clark isn’t even qualified to serve as attorney general. He’s never been a criminal defense attorney. He’s never conducted a criminal investigation in his life. He’s never been in front of a grand jury, let alone a trial.” . jury,” Donoghue said in a deposition video played Thursday during the House select committee hearing, recalling what he told Trump during the critical Oval Office meeting.

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?”

Trump’s White House attorney, Eric Herschmann, said Clark was “hit in the head” repeatedly during the meeting. He said he explicitly told Clark that he was breaking the law, according to his videotaped statement to the committee, a clip of which was played Thursday.

“Damn, congratulations, you just admitted that your first step or act that you would take as attorney general would be committing a felony,” Herschmann said.

This story has been updated with additional details.

CNN’s Zachary Cohen, Katelyn Polantz, Veronica Stracqualursi and Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.

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