Jeffrey Clark: Federals are looking into the home of a former Justice Department official who pushed Trump’s false allegations of electoral fraud

Clark is the former Justice Department attorney who former President Donald Trump sought to appoint as attorney general in the days leading up to the January 6 riots at the Capitol as top officials refused to keep pace with allegations of vote-rigging.

It wasn’t clear what investigators were looking at in Clark’s home, but the raid was part of a comprehensive Justice Department investigation into an effort to overturn the 2020 election, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The day the Justice Department filed subpoenas for people involved in Trump’s election campaign to organize a list of fake voters to try to certify Trump rather than Joe Biden’s election victory. He was at the center of Trump’s attempt to have the Justice Department falsely claim that there was enough voter fraud in Georgia and other states that he lost.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s office in Washington confirmed that “there is law enforcement activity in the vicinity” of Clark’s home but declined to comment on any specific person or activity.

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

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

“The new era of criminalizing politics is getting worse in the United States. Yesterday more than a dozen law enforcement officials in the Department of Justice searched Jeff Clarke’s home in a pre-dawn raid, put him on the streets in his pajamas, and took his electronic devices,” said Ross Faust, President of The group, a former director of the Trump-era Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement that Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud. This is not America, folks. “The arming of the government must end. Let me be very clear. We stand with Jeff and so should all the patriots of this country.”

Clark had met with the House Committee of Inquiry on Jan. 6 again in February, but demanded the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times during his nearly two-hour testimony.

He was the Trump-appointed chief of environmental law at the Department of Justice who in December 2020 became the assistant attorney general for the Civil Justice Division.

Clark and his efforts to help the Trump campaign sabotage the 2020 presidential election are expected to be the focus of the committee’s 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 Georgia officials and eventually similar copies to “every relevant country.” The letter, which was reported by ABC News last year, falsely stated that prosecutors found “significant concerns” about the election results, urging Georgia’s Republican governor. Brian Kemp calls for a special session of the state legislature to nominate pro-Trump voters.
Clark also promoted conspiracy theories within the Department of Justice, such as that Chinese spies used thermometers to tamper with American voting machines, according to internal emails published in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 2021 report.

In the days leading up to January 6, Clark helped Trump devise a plan to oust then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, put himself at the head of the department, and have the Justice Department step in Georgia to set aside the results of the vote in order to sway the state toward Trump. .

During a sensational January 3, 2021, meeting, in the Oval Office, Rosen, then-Vice-President Richard Donoghue and head of the Office of Legal Counsel Stephen Engel threatened to resign in protest, leading Trump to eventually back down from the installation plan. Clark as attorney general.

“I’ve made it clear that Jeff Clark is not qualified to serve as a prosecutor. He’s never been a criminal attorney. He’s never conducted a criminal investigation in his life. He’s never been before a grand jury, let alone a trial,” Donoghue said in a video broadcast Thursday during a select committee hearing at House of Representatives,” recalling what he told Trump during a crucial Oval Office meeting.

Donoghue said he told Clark, “You’re an environmental attorney. How about you go back to your office, and we’ll call you when there’s an oil spill.”

Eric Hirschman, the Trump White House attorney, said Clark was repeatedly hit in the head during the meeting. He said he openly told Clarke that he was breaking the law, according to his videotaped testimony with the commission, a clip of which was shown on Thursday.

“Oh, my God, congratulations, you just admitted your first step or action you’re going to take because the attorney general is going to commit a felony,” Hirschman said.

This story has been updated with additional details.

CNN’s Zachary Cohen, Caitlin Polantz, Veronica Straqualursi and Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.

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