Federal law enforcement visits home of former DOJ officer at center of Jan. 6 hearing

Federal law enforcement was at Virginia’s home Jeffrey ClarkA former Justice Department official who is at the center of Thursday’s January 6 committee hearing.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office confirmed that the activity took place on Wednesday.

The spokesperson did not comment about the reason for the activity.

News of the law enforcement activity came more than an hour before a House committee investigating January 6 looked into how then-President Donald Trump used the Justice Department to try to reverse the 2020 election results, Plan to hear it. Clark was at the center of that conspiracy and created a backchannel directly for Trump, going over the heads of his DOJ superiors, the committee has argued.

Previous testimony has indicated that Clark strongly believed in false claims that the election was stolen from Trump.

Trump considered appointing Clark as attorney general to help with the post-election fight, but several top Justice Department officials threatened to step down, causing Trump to scrap that plan. Previous Testimony Before the Senate Judiciary Committee,

Russ Vott, former management office and budget director and president of the Center for Renewing America, where Clark is a fellow, issued a statement Thursday condemning law enforcement activity and calling for “patriots” to support Clark.

“A new era of criminalization of politics is looming in America. Yesterday more than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officers searched Jeff Clark’s home in a pre-dawn raid, put him on the streets in his pajamas, and took away his electronic devices,” Vote said in the statement. “All because Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud. This is not America guys.”

In October the committee investigating the Capitol riots summoned Clark, and eventually gave an interview in which he Reportedly the Fifth Amendment was invoked more than 100 timesAccording to CNN.

Thursday’s committee hearing will feature testimony from former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and former Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel of the Office of Legal Counsel; All were appointed by Trump. All three are expected to testify about Trump’s efforts to make Clarke acting attorney general and his threats to step down if they do.

Meanwhile, Clarke has maintained her presence in the MAGA world, with an account on Steve Bannon’s podcast and Trump’s social media site, Truth Social. And he has been trying to raise funds, attacking the committee, saying the donor would be “in order to be quashed by the January 6th ultra-partisan committee, the ‘mainstream’ media, and a collection of left-wing law professors.” have been targeted for and are perceived as ‘Republicans’ who are simply never-Trumpers.”

Sarah Mims contribution,