DOJ searches home of ex-official who aided alleged pro-Trump ‘coup’

Law enforcement officials searched the Virginia home of former top Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, according to his employer and former Trump administration colleague.

Russ Vought, who served as former President Donald Trump's White House budget director and now works with Clark at the Center for Renewing America, tweeted that on Wednesday “more than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officials searched Jeff Clark’s house in a pre dawn raid, put him in the streets in his pjs, and took his electronic devices.” A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington stated only that law enforcement recently engaged in “activity” in the vicinity of Clark's home.

That office is leading investigations related to the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, although the spokesperson declined to link the activity to any individual or probe.

The activity came just before Congress' Jan. 6 select committee was set to begin a public hearing expected to scrutinize Clark and other allies of the former president. That hearing was originally set for June 15 but was postponed. Select panel members, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), attributed the delay to challenges involved in producing videos for that and other sessions.

Former DOJ officials, including Trump’s acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy Richard Donoghue, have previously testified that Trump sought to install Clark atop DOJ during the final chaotic days of his administration as part of an effort to use the department to legitimize his false claims of election fraud.

Vought tweeted that the raid on Clark's house was “[a]ll because Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud. This is not America, folks.” He also wrote that his organization stands with Clark, and that the raid is part of a “new era of criminalizing politics” in the U.S.

Clark, now a senior fellow at the group where Vought serves as president, headed DOJ's Environment and Natural Resources Division for much of the Trump administration. ABC News first reported that federal agents searched Clark’s home in Lorton, Va., on Wednesday morning.

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