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Feds search home of former DOJ official linked to Trump’s efforts to nullify election


Federal agents searched the Virginia home of former Trump Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark on Wednesday morning, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the activity.

It’s unclear which federal agencies carried out the search, but a neighbor who witnessed the law enforcement activity said he saw officials entering and leaving the Lorton, Va., home after being there. arrived early Wednesday. A Fairfax County, Va., Police Department spokesperson told ABC News that its officers are assisting with law enforcement activities in the home, but defer to the Justice Department for further extensive comments.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, said they “can confirm there was law enforcement activity in this area yesterday,” but declined to comment on specific individuals or the nature of this activity.

A lawyer for Clark did not respond to a request for comment. But Russ Vought, a former Trump White House official and president of the Center for Renewing America, where Clark is now a senior fellow, said in a statement that “more than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officials searched Jeff Clark’s house in a pre-dawn raid, put him on the street in his pajamas and took his electronics.”

“The new era of criminalization of politics is deepening in the United States,” Vought said. “This is not America, folks. The militarization of government must end. Let me be very clear. We stand with Jeff, and so must all patriots in this country.”

Clark, a former assistant attorney general for the environment and natural resources, became a key player in Donald Trump’s effort to leverage Justice Department powers to find widespread corruption in the 2020 election process after it became clear that Joe Biden had won.

On Thursday, the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack was scheduled to hear testimony from several former Justice Department officials familiar with Clark’s proposal for a plan to pressure states to invalidate Biden’s electoral victories after the 2020 election.

Jeff Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC on September 14, 2020.

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In one instance, emails obtained by ABC News in August 2021 showed how Justice Department officials denied Clark’s request to urge Georgia officials to investigate and possibly reverse Biden’s victory in the State.

An alleged plan to appoint Clark as acting attorney general — which would have allowed him to pursue baseless allegations of voter fraud — has prompted several Justice Department officials to threaten to resign. Trump eventually withdrew the plan.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the eyewitness to Wednesday’s activity was unsure which agency the officials were from.

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