Justice Dept. raids home of Jeffrey Clark, former agency official scrutinized in Jan. 6 inquiry

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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2020, file photo, Jeff Clark, then-Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has subpoenaed the former Justice Department lawyer. The panel on Oct. 13, 2021, said it is seeking documents and testimony fromc Clark, who aided President Donald Trump's efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
Jeffrey Clark, then assistant attorney general, in September 2020. (Associated Press)

Federal investigators on Wednesday searched the Virginia home of Jeffrey Clark, the former Justice Department official who pushed the department, at then-President Trump’s request, to get involved in efforts to challenge the 2020 election results.

“The U.S. Attorney's Office can confirm that there was law enforcement activity in the Lorton area yesterday,” a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney's office in Washington said Thursday, declining to comment further on the search.

Russ Vought, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under Trump, decried Wednesday's search on Twitter, saying agents searched Clark’s house "in a pre dawn raid, put him in the streets in his pjs, and took his electronic devices all because Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud." Clark now works for Vought at the Center for Renewing America, a right-leaning nonprofit.

Clark is expected to play a central role in Thursday's hearing by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, which will examine efforts by Trump to use the Justice Department to cast doubt on the results and give Republican-led state legislatures justification to appoint alternative presidential electors and reverse Joe Biden’s victory.

Trump tried to install Clark as acting attorney general in the days before the Jan. 6 insurrection when top Justice Department officials refused to lend credibility to his false voter fraud claims. Clark pushed agency leaders to issue a letter to states stating that they had authority to replace electors with those who would back Trump.

Justice Department leaders and members of the White House counsel's office threatened to resign en masse if Trump made the change.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.