WASHINGTON (TUSEN) — Federal agents have searched the Virginia home of a Trump-era Justice Department official who defended President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and is expected to appear in prominently during a House hearing Thursday on the January 6, 2021, uprising on Capitol Hill.
The reason for the search was not immediately clear, and it was unclear what information the officers were looking for. But it comes amid ongoing investigations into the build-up to the riot and the spread of false allegations, inside and outside government, that the presidential election was stolen.
The person who confirmed the search was not authorized to speak by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, confirmed on Wednesday that there are law enforcement activities in Lorton, Va., where Clark lives, but did not provide details on the aim.
Also on Wednesday, federal agents served a wave of subpoenas related to a scheme by Trump allies to present alternative or bogus voter lists in hopes of invalidating the election results.
The Justice Department has shown signs of ramping up its investigation into the riot, including through subpoenas tied to fake voters in various battleground states Biden won.
Among those who received subpoenas, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation, was Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer.
Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald turned his phone over to federal agents on Wednesday when they approached him outside his car in Las Vegas and presented a warrant, according to another person familiar with the situation.
The search of Clark’s home was also confirmed on Twitter by Russ Vought, president of the Center for Renewing America, whom Clark recently joined as a principal investigator.
“Yesterday, more than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officials searched Jeff Clark’s home in a pre-dawn raid, put him on the street in his pajamas and took his electronics. “, tweeted Vought. “All because Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud. “This isn’t America, folks. The militarization of government must end. Let me be very clear. We support Jeff and all patriots in this country should do the same.”
Clark’s Justice Department activities, particularly his advocacy of Trump’s voter fraud allegations, are the focus of concern during Thursday’s House hearing on the riot. Three other former Justice Department officials will testify, including about a January 3, 2021 special Oval Office meeting in which Trump considered appointing Clark — who headed the department’s civil division — as attorney general. acting in place of Jeffrey Rosen, who resisted Trump’s efforts. to involve the agency.
Trump relented only when other senior Justice Department officials warned him they would resign if he went ahead with his plan to replace Rosen with Clark.
A lawyer for Clark did not return an email or phone message seeking comment.
The US Express News writer Michelle L. Price in New York contributed to this report.