Federal law enforcement search the home of former DOJ official at center of Jan. 6 hearing

WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement was at the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who’s at the center of Thursday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing.

A U.S. Attorney’s workplace spokesman confirmed that the exercise passed off on Wednesday, however the spokesman had no remark concerning the purpose for the exercise.

In a Thursday night time interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Clark stated it was simply earlier than 7 a.m. on Wednesday when he answered his entrance door to find federal brokers.

“I opened the door and requested for the courtesy to have the ability to put some pants on and was informed, ‘No, you’ve received to come back exterior,'” Clark stated.

According to Clark, who stated he was later allowed to re-enter his home, roughly a dozen federal brokers, two native cops and an “electronics-sniffing canine” appeared and searched the home “for three-and-a-half hours.”

“They took all of the electronics from my home,” Clark added, with out saying why the brokers have been there.

News of the law enforcement exercise got here simply over an hour earlier than the House committee investigating Jan. 6 (*6*)held a hearing wanting at how then-President Donald Trump used the Justice Department to attempt to overturn the 2020 election outcomes. Clark was central to that plot and created a backchannel on to Trump, going over the heads of his DOJ superiors, the committee has contended.

Previous testimony has indicated that Clark strongly believed false claims that the election was stolen from Trump.

Trump thought of appointing Clark as lawyer basic to assist in his post-election struggle, however a number of prime Justice Department officers threatened to give up, main Trump to ax that plan, in accordance with earlier testimony earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Russ Vought, former Office of Management and Budget director and president of the Center for Renewing America, the place Clark is a fellow, launched an announcement Thursday condemning the law enforcement exercise and calling on “patriots” to assist Clark.

“The new period of criminalizing politics is worsening in the US. Yesterday greater than a dozen DOJ law enforcement officers searched Jeff Clark’s home in a pre-dawn raid, put him in the streets in his pajamas, and took his digital gadgets,” Vought stated in the assertion. “All as a result of Jeff noticed match to analyze voter fraud. This just isn’t America, of us.”

Clark was subpoenaed by the committee investigating the Capitol riot in October, and finally gave an interview, through which he reportedly invoked the Fifth Amendment greater than 100 occasions, in accordance with CNN.

Thursday’s committee hearing featured testimony from former performing Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former performing Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and Steven Engel, the former assistant lawyer basic for the Office of Legal Counsel; all have been appointed by Trump. All three testified about Trump’s efforts to make Clark the performing lawyer basic and their threats to give up if he did.

Clark, in the meantime, has maintained his presence in MAGA world, with appearances on Steve Bannon’s podcast and an account on Trump’s social media website, Truth Social. And he is been attempting to lift cash, whereas attacking the committee, telling would-be donors that he has “been focused for cancellation by the hyper-partisan January 6 Committee, the ‘mainstream’ media, and a set of leftist law professors and supposed ‘Republicans’ who’re conveniently never-Trumpers.”

Sarah Mimms and Zoë Richards contributed.

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