Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference, where they announced that Purdue Pharma LP has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges over the handling of its addictive prescription opioid OxyContin on the Justice Department on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Federal agents on Wednesday visited the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, who as a top Department of Justice official was a part of a plan by then-President Donald Trump to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election.
The top of the Center for Renewing America, where Clark is a fellow, in a press release called the visit “a pre-dawn raid” by “greater than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officials” who seized Clark’s electronic devices as he stood outside on the road in his pajamas.
The weird visit got here a day before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the U.S. Capitol was set to listen to, amongst other matters, details surrounding Clark’s role in Trump’s campaign to pressure DOJ officials toss out President Joe Biden’s win.
ABC News, which cited multiple sources with knowledge of what that outlet called a search at Clark’s home within the town of Lorton, also reported that a neighbor saw FBI agents entering and exiting that residence early Wednesday.
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A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., confirmed to NBC News that federal law enforcement agents were at Clark’s home Wednesday. However the spokesperson didn’t say why agents conducted the visit.
News of the weird visit broke hours before the House panel investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol was set to carry a public hearing on Trump’s pressure on DOJ.
The committee intends to point out how Trump planned to put in Clark, who on the time was an environmental lawyer at DOJ, as his latest acting attorney general to assist spread the false claim that Biden’s win was the results of widespread ballot fraud in a handful of swing states.
The panel also expects to listen to that Trump’s plan was thwarted when senior DOJ officials threatened to quit if Clark was put answerable for the department.
The Latest York Times, citing sources, reported in late January 2021 that Clark had pushed top DOJ officials to assist Trump reverse his defeat within the election and that he had secretly met with Trump without the knowledge of acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.
Russ Vought, a former director of the federal Office of Management and Budget and the president of the Center for Renewing America, called on “patriots” to support Clark, in keeping with a press release obtained by NBC News.
“The brand new era of criminalizing politics is worsening within the U.S. Yesterday, greater than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officials searched Jeff Clark’s house in a pre-dawn raid, put him within the streets in his pajamas, and took his electronic devices,” Vought said within the statement.
“All because Jeff saw fit to research voter fraud. This shouldn’t be America, folks.”