WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents searched the Virginia home of a Trump-era Justice Department official who championed President Donald Trump’s efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election and who went to expected to play a prominent role in a House hearing Thursday on the January 6, 2021 Uprising in the Capitol.
The reason for the search was not immediately clear and it was not known which information agents were looking for. But it comes amid ongoing investigations into the run-up to the riots and the spread of false claims, inside and outside the government, that the presidential election had been stolen.
The person who confirmed the search was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Bill Miller, a spokesman for the US law firm in Washington, confirmed on Wednesday the existence of law enforcement activity in Lorton, Virginia, where Clark lives, but declined to comment on the target.
Also Wednesday, federal agents filed a spate of subpoenas regarding a plan by Trump allies to put forward alternative or false voter lists in hopes of invalidating the results of the election.
The Justice Department has shown signs of speeding up the investigation into the riot, including through subpoenas linked to false voters in several battlefield states won by Biden.
Among those who received subpoenas, according to a person familiar with the case and not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation, was David Shafer, the chairman of the Georgian Republican Party.
Nevada GOP chairman Michael McDonald handed over his phone to federal agents on Wednesday as they approached him outside his car in Las Vegas and presented a warrant, according to another person familiar with the situation.
The search of Clark’s home was also confirmed on Twitter by Russ Vought, president of the Center for Renewing America, which Clark had recently joined as a senior fellow.
“Yesterday, over a dozen DOJ law enforcement officers searched Jeff Clark’s home during a predawn raid, kicked him out in his pajamas and took his electronic devices,” Vought tweeted. “All because Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud. This is not America, folks. Government arming must stop. Let me be very clear. We stand behind Jeff and so do all the patriots in this country. ‘
Clark’s activities at the Justice Department, particularly his advocacy of Trump’s voter fraud claims, are an expected focus during Thursday’s House hearing investigating the riots. Three other former Justice Department officials will testify, including about an extraordinary January 3, 2021 Oval Office meeting at which Trump considered appointing Clark — who headed the department’s civil division — as acting attorney general in place of Jeffrey Rosen, who opposed Trump’s efforts to involve the agency.
Trump only relented when other senior Justice Department officials warned Trump that they would resign if he went ahead with his plan to replace Rosen with Clark.
A lawyer for Clark did not return an email and phone message asking for comment.
Associated Press writer Michelle L. Price in New York contributed to this report.