Federal investigators descended on the house of Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Division official, on Wednesday in reference to the division’s sprawling inquiry into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, based on folks acquainted with the matter.
It remained unclear precisely what the investigators might have been on the lookout for, however Mr. Clark was central to President Donald J. Trump’s unsuccessful effort in late 2020 to strong-arm the nation’s prime prosecutors into supporting his claims of election fraud.
The legislation enforcement motion at Mr. Clark’s residence in suburban Virginia got here simply someday earlier than the Home committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol was poised to hold a hearing inspecting Mr. Trump’s efforts to strain the Justice Division after his election defeat.
The listening to was anticipated to discover Mr. Clark’s role in serving to Mr. Trump bend the division to his will and finally assist in a bid to steer officers in a number of key swing states to alter the result of their election outcomes.
Mr. Trump thought of after which deserted a plan within the days simply earlier than the Jan. 6 assault to place Mr. Clark accountable for the Justice Division as appearing legal professional normal. On the time, Mr. Clark was proposing to ship a letter to state officers in Georgia falsely stating that the division had proof that might lead Georgia to rescind its certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in that key swing state.
The search at Mr. Clark’s residence additionally got here as a federal grand jury continued to problem subpoenas to no less than eight folks in 4 completely different states who have been concerned in a plan by Mr. Trump and his allies to subvert the conventional workings of the electoral course of by creating pretend slates of pro-Trump electors in states that have been really received by Mr. Biden.
Mr. Clark didn’t reply to a request for touch upon Thursday.
Mr. Clark, who as soon as served because the appearing head of the Justice Division’s civil division, helped in late December 2020 to draft a letter to Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia stating — with out proof — that the Justice Division had recognized “important considerations” in regards to the “consequence of the election” in Georgia and a number of other different states. The letter suggested Mr. Kemp, a Republican, to name a particular session of his state’s legislature to create “a separate slate of electors supporting Donald J. Trump.”
Mr. Clark pressured the appearing legal professional normal on the time, Jeffrey A. Rosen, to signal and ship the letter to Mr. Kemp, however Mr. Rosen refused. Mr. Rosen is scheduled to testify earlier than the Home committee at its listening to on Thursday.
Katie Benner contributed reporting.