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Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., a member of the House Jan. 6 committee, led the interrogation of three Trump-era Justice Department officials, much of whose testimony centered on describing another DOJ deputy, Jeffrey Clark, as a “true believer” of President Donald Trump’s claims. a fraudulent election.
Clark, who headed the DOJ’s environmental division, told Fox News of the coinciding early morning FBI raid on his home in Lorton, Va. – where he said he was kept outside in his pajamas after officers initially refused to let him change.
During the hearing, former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen said Clark improperly met with Trump and discussed election theft theories, despite the DOJ’s cautious policy regarding contact with the White House.
Clark said the day before he had rushed to his front door at 7 a.m. when he heard “loud… insistent banging”.
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“I quickly realized there were officers there. I opened the door and asked for the courtesy of being able to put on some pants and was told, no, you have to get out. So I walked out. “
Twelve FBI agents and two officers from Fairfax County, Va., then entered his home and searched it while confiscating phones and electronics, Clark said.
“They even brought something I had never seen before or heard of – an electronics sniffer dog.”
However, Clark does not blame the agents themselves, suggesting that the so-called “weaponization” begins at the top with the FBI leadership.
“There were several states where multiple people were attacked at about the same time for their electronic devices,” Clark later said. “That obviously requires a high level of coordination.”
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Asked about Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland, Clark said that when the latter was a federal judge, he thought he offered a fair trial to Clark’s client at the time, who eventually settled out of court.
Wray was a cordial colleague in the Justice Department when they both worked under President George W. Bush, he added.
“I just think we’re living in a time that I don’t recognize. And more and more, I don’t recognize the country anymore with this Stasi-like stuff,” he said, referring to the secrecy is -German. -police.
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Another official mentioned at length during Thursday’s hearing, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., also criticized the proceedings, saying in a statement that he “never asked” Trump’s pardon for him- same or other legislators, as had been claimed.
“It never happened,” Perry said, a Camp Hill Republican who previously called the committee “illegitimate.”