Federal authorities searched former Justice official Jeff Clark's home
Federal authorities searched the suburban Virginia home of former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the activity.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Washington D.C. confirmed "there was law enforcement activity" in an area near the address where Clark resides, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney. "We have no comment regarding the nature of that activity or any particular individual."
Clark spokesman Russ Vought said in a statement that "yesterday 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 pajamas, and took his electronic devices. All because Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud."
Vought, who also served as the director of the Office of Management and Budget under former President Donald Trump, characterized the move as "the weaponization of government."
Clark is likely to feature heavily in the House Select Committee hearing starting at 3 p.m. EST today that focuses on former President Donald Trump's efforts to push the Justice Department to do his bidding in the weeks before the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Trump had floated the idea of firing the acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and replacing him with Clark, who was seen as more sympathetic to Trump's claims about election fraud and a plan focused on fake slates of electors in several states.
Former Attorney General Bill Barr, former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue each told Trump repeatedly they saw no evidence of widespread voter fraud in 2020.
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