Federal investigators came down to the home of Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, on Wednesday in connection with the ministry’s extensive investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, according to people familiar with the matter.
It remained unclear exactly what the investigators might have been looking for, but Mr. Clark was central to President Donald J. Trump’s failed efforts in late 2020 to bolster the nation’s top prosecutors to support his allegations of electoral fraud.
The law enforcement action in Mr. Clark’s home in the suburb of Virginia came just one day before Parliament’s committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, was ready to hold a hearing examines Mr Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department after his election defeat.
The hearing was expected to explore Mr. Clark’s role in helping Mr. Trump bend the House to his will and ultimately helping 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 January 6 attack to put Mr. Clark to be in charge of the Department of Justice as acting Attorney General. At the time, Mr. Clark to send a letter to state officials in Georgia, in which they erroneously stated that the department had evidence that could cause Georgia to revoke its certification of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the important swing state.
The search in Mr. Clark’s home also came when a federal grand jury continued to issue subpoenas to at least eight people in four different states who were involved in a plan by Mr. Clark. Trump and his allies about undermining the normal functioning of the electoral process by creating fake billboards of pro-Trump voters in states that were actually won by Mr. Biden.
Mr. Clark did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Clark, who once served as acting head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Department, helped draft a letter to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in late December 2020, in which he – without evidence – said the Justice Department had identified “significant concerns” about . “election results” in Georgia and several other states. The letter advised Mr. Kemp, a Republican, to convene a special session of his state legislature to create “a separate list of voters who support Donald J. Trump.”
Mr. Clark pressured the then Attorney General, Jeffrey A. Rosen, to sign and send the letter to Mr. Kemp, but Mr. Rosen refused. Mr. Rosen is scheduled to testify before the House committee at its hearing on Thursday.
Katie Benner contributed with reporting.