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Federal Authorities Search Home of Jeffrey Clark, Trump Justice Dept. Official

Federal investigators came to the home of Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, on Wednesday in connection with the Department’s extensive investigation into attempts to undo the 2020 election, according to people familiar with the case.

It remained unclear what exactly the researchers were looking for, but Mr. Clark was central to President Donald J. Trump’s failed attempt in late 2020 to forcefully arm the nation’s top prosecutors to back up his allegations of voter fraud.

The law enforcement action at Mr. Clark’s suburban Virginia home came just one day before the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack was ready to hold a hearing reviewing the efforts of the United States. Mr Trump to put pressure on the Justice Department after his election defeat.

The hearing would replace Mr. Clark in helping Mr. Trump to control and ultimately aid the department in an effort to persuade officials in several key swing states to change the outcome of their election results.

Mr. Trump considered and then abandoned a plan in the days just before the Jan. 6 attack to put Mr. Clark in charge of the Justice Department as acting attorney general. At that time, Mr. Clark suggested sending a letter to state officials in Georgia, falsely claiming that the department had evidence that could lead Georgia to certify Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory. into that crucial record.

The search of Mr. Clark’s home also came as a federal grand jury continued to serve subpoenas against at least eight people in four different states involved in a plan by Mr. Trump and his allies to undermine the normal functioning of the electoral process. by creating false slates of pro-Trump voters in states actually won by Mr. Biden.

Mr Clark did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

Mr. Clark, who once served as acting chief of the Civil Division of the Justice Department, helped draft a letter to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in late December 2020, stating – without evidence – that the Justice Department “significant concerns” about the “outcome of the elections” in Georgia and several other states. The letter advised Mr. Kemp, a Republican, to convene a special session of his state’s legislature to “create a separate list of voters who support Donald J. Trump.”

Mr. Clark at the time pressured the acting attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, to sign the letter and send it to Mr. Kemp, but Mr. Rosen declined. Mr. Rosen is scheduled to testify before the House committee at its hearing on Thursday.

Katie Benner contributed reporting.

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