Federal agents visit the home of former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark who tried to help Trump reverse election results

Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference, where he announces that Purdue Pharma LP has filed for criminal charges at the Justice Department over its handling of the addictive prescription opioid OxyContin. convicted. October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Federal agents visited the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark on Wednesday, part of the then-president’s plan as a top Justice Department official. Donald Trump To reverse the results of the 2020 election.

The head of the Center for Renewing America, where Clark is a fellow, called the visit “a pre-dawn raid” by “more than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officers” who confiscated Clark’s electronic devices as he stood outside. Road in his pajamas.

The unusual visit came a day after a House committee investigated the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol, among other matters, about Clark’s role in Trump’s campaign to oust President Joe Biden’s victory over DOJ officials. was scheduled to hear the details.

ABC News, which cited multiple sources with information on what that outlet called a search at Clark’s home in downtown Lorton, also reported that a neighbor told FBI agents to enter that residence early Wednesday. And looked out.

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A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC confirmed to NBC News that federal law enforcement agents were at Clark’s home on Wednesday. But the spokesperson did not say why the agents visited.

News of the unusual visit came hours before a House panel investigating the attack on the US Capitol was scheduled to hold a public hearing on Trump’s pressure on the DOJ.

The committee intends to show how Trump plans to install Clark, who was then an environmental attorney at the DOJ, as his new acting attorney general to help spread the false claim that Biden won. Widespread ballot fraud was the result of a handful of swings. states.

The panel is also expected to hear that Trump’s plan was foiled when senior DOJ officials threatened to step down if Clark was put in charge of the department.

The New York Times reported in late January 2021, citing sources, that Clark had pushed top DOJ officials to help Trump reverse his defeat in the election, and that he had served Trump without the knowledge of acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. secretly met with

According to a statement obtained by NBC News, Russ Watt, former director of the Federal Office of Management and Budget and president of the Center for Renewing America, called on the “patriots” to support Clark.

“A new era of criminalization politics in America is looming large tomorrow, with more than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officers searching Jeff Clarke’s home in a pre-dawn raid, putting him on the streets in his pajamas, and taking away his electronic devices. taken,” Watt said in the statement.

“All because Jeff saw it appropriate to investigate voter fraud. This is not America, folks.”