Federal agents visit the home of former DOJ officer Jeffrey Clark, a Trump aide
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, a top Justice Department official as part of a plan by then-President Donald Trump to reverse the results of the 2020 election.
The unusual visit came a day before the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol revealed, among other things, Clark’s role in Trump’s campaign to call out President Joe Biden’s victory over DOJ officials. was set to hear about.
ABC News, which cited multiple sources with information on what that outlet called a search at Clark’s home in Lorton, also reported that one of his neighbors told FBI agents to enter that residence early Wednesday. And looked out.
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 were there.
News of the visit broke hours before a House panel probing 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.
Trump’s plan was thwarted 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 that Clark had pushed top DOJ officials to help Trump reverse his election defeat and that he had secretly communicated with Trump without the knowledge of acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. had met.