CBS News has learned that law enforcement agencies have searched the home of a former Trump-era Justice Department officialwhich was a particular focus of the on Thursday.
Clark is believed to be at the center of efforts by then-President Donald Trump and his allies to delay confirmation of the 2020 election results and to spread unsubstantiated claims that Joe Biden did not legitimately win the election.
According to an October report by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Clark was in contact with Trump in the days leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, and Trump considered appointing Clark as his acting attorney general because other senior Justice Department officials refused to support his unsubstantiated claims Mass voting fraud, former DOJ official Richard Donoghue told the House Select Committee.
The DCUS Attorney’s Office confirmed to CBS News Wednesday that there was law enforcement activity in the area where Clark’s home is located, but added that they do not comment or discuss the nature of the law enforcement activity.
ABC News first reported the search of Clark’s home.
Russ Vought, a senior official in Trump’s Office of Management and Budget who now works with Clark, tweeted that Clark was thrown out in his pajamas.
“The new era of criminalizing politics is getting worse in the US. Yesterday, more than a dozen Justice Department law enforcement officers searched Jeff Clark’s home in a dawn raid, dumped him on the street in his pajamas and took away his electronics,” Vought tweeted. “All because Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud. This isn’t America, folks. Government arming must end. Let me be very clear.
The raid came just a day before the House Committee hearing on Jan. 6, which focused on Trump’s efforts to put Clark at the helm of the Justice Department, while the former president relentlessly urged the DOJ to dismiss unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud investigate. The White House even circulated a memo on Jan. 3, 2021, designating Clark as Attorney General.
Former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen described how Clark told him in a one-on-one interview one Sunday that he was replacing him as acting attorney general. Rosen said Clark offered to keep Rosen as his deputy.
“I thought that was absurd,” Rosen said on Thursday. “I told him that was nonsense.”
Clark said he would not take the helm at the Justice Department if Rosen signed a letter questioning the integrity of the election results. Rosen said he and Donoghue kept saying they wouldn’t sign the letter.
Donoghue held a meeting with all but one of the department’s assistant attorney generals — one couldn’t make the call — and the assistant attorney generals all said they would resign if Clark took the helm at the Justice Department.
“Everyone said without hesitation that they would resign,” Donoghue testified.
Jan. 6 committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Clark invoked the Fifth Amendment 125 times when he addressed the committee.