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Federal agents visit the home of Trump ally, former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark


Acting Assistant United States Attorney General Jeffrey Clark speaks next to United States Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a press conference, where they announced that Purdue Pharma LP has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges for the handling his prescription addictive opioid OxyContin at the Department of Justice on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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On Wednesday, federal agents visited the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, who as a senior Justice Department official was part of then-President Donald Trump’s plan to quash the 2020 election results.

The head of the Center for Renewing America, of which Clark is a member, in a statement called the visit a “pre-dawn raid” by “more than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officials” who seized the Clark’s electronic devices as he stood outside on the street in his pajamas.

The unusual visit came a day before the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol will hear, among other things, about Clark’s role in the campaign to Trump to pressure DOJ officials to reject President Joe Biden’s victory.

ABC News, which cited multiple sources with knowledge of what that outlet called a search of Clark’s home in Lorton, also reported that a neighbor saw FBI agents entering and leaving the residence early Wednesday.

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A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, confirmed to NBC News that federal law enforcement officers were at Clark’s home on Wednesday. But the spokesperson did not specify why the officers were there.

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

The committee intends to show how Trump planned to install Clark, who at the time was an environmental lawyer at the DOJ, as the new acting attorney general to help spread the false claim that Biden’s victory was the result of widespread voter fraud in a swinging grip. States.

Trump’s plan was thwarted when senior DOJ officials threatened to resign if Clark was made head of the department.

The New York Times reported in late January 2021 that Clark pushed senior DOJ officials to help Trump reverse his election defeat and that he secretly met with Trump without the knowledge of Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.

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

“The new era of criminalization of politics is deepening in the United States. More than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officials yesterday raided the home of Jeff Clark in a pre-trial raid. dawn, put him on the street in his pajamas and took his electronics,” Vought said in the statement.

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

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