Feds search home of former DOJ official Trump sought to install as AG: reports
Federal law enforcement agencies this week searched the home of Jeffrey Clark, the former Justice Department official accused of attempting to use the agency to investigate former President Trump's voter fraud allegations, multiple news outlets reported Thursday.
According to the New York Times, Clark's home in suburban Virginia was raided on Wednesday, a day before the House Inquiry Committee was scheduled to hear the Jan. 6 attack by former DOJ officials on internal disputes in the Trump administration following the 2020 election .
A spokesman for the US Attorney's Office in D.C. did not immediately respond when asked to comment on the reports.
Clark played a central role in Trump's pressure campaign at the Justice Department, and Trump even considered appointing him as attorney general, according to previously released material.
The mid-level environmental attorney was one of Trump's key advocates for escalating voter fraud claims. He urged the DOJ to send a letter to Georgia asking it to withhold confirmation of its election results so the Justice Department there could announce an investigation into voter fraud.
That pressure campaign came to a head at a Jan. 3 meeting, where Trump told his DOJ leadership he was considering ousting them in favor of Clark, who for days had been pushing through allegations by Trump allies regarding voter fraud.
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy, Richard Donoghue, were surprised to receive an email from Clark ahead of their White House meeting, which Donoghue said put forward "various theories that appear to have come from the internet."
This included a theory that the Chinese government might have hacked into Dominion voting machines via a smart thermostat. He followed up by requesting that intelligence be briefed on the matter along with a request that the letter be sent to Georgia election officials.
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