Federal agents on Wednesday conducted a search of the home of former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, who played a key role in President Donald Trump’s efforts to get law enforcement officials to challenge Joe Biden’s election victory.
The search was confirmed by a person with knowledge of the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing case.
“We have no comment on the nature of this activity or any particular persons,” the spokesman said.
Clark, an environmental lawyer, now works at the Center for Renewing America, a conservative advocacy group. His boss there, Russell Vought, who under the Trump administration was director of the Office of Management and Budget, described the search in a written statement Thursday: “him on the street in his PJs and took his electronic devices. All because Jeff found it appropriate to investigate voter fraud. This is not America, folks … We stand by Jeff, and so must all patriots in this country.”
Clark’s behavior in late 2020 and early 2021 is also the focus of a hearing Thursday afternoon by the House committee investigating the January 6 attacks. Several former senior Justice Department officials are to testify about a bizarre effort by Clark, an environmental lawyer, to report himself and the Justice Department as advocates of Trump’s false allegations of massive voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
His actions led to a confrontation in the White House on January 3, 2021, when senior Justice Department officials told Trump they would resign – and many other senior officials would also stop – if the president replaced acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Clark.
The search of Clark’s home was first reported by ABC News.
This is a development story. It will be updated.