The Justice Department appears to be targeting the only former senior Justice Department employee who supported former President Donald Trump.
Federal investigators searched former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark this week, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The search appears to represent escalation of inquiries into efforts by Trump and his allies to contest the 2020 presidential election results.
The report noted investigators searched Clark’s suburban Virginia home Wednesday, the day before Thursday’s hearing by the House J6 select committee. Agents confiscated Clark’s electronic devices but did not identify what else they removed from the home of the justice official, who ran the department’s environmental division during the Trump administration.
Trump’s Office of Management and Budget Director, Russ Vought, said more than a dozen investigators searched Clark’s house. Clark was reportedly forced to stand on the street in his pajamas after agents took his electronic devices and then conducted their predawn raid. “We stand by Jeff and so must all patriots in this country,” Vought said.
Biden’s Justice department has been conducting their own investigation of the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. There has been friction between Attorney General Merrick Garland and congressmen on the House J6 committee over sharing information. House J6 members reportedly refused to share the fruits of their investigations with the Justice Department.
The feds seem to be focusing on Trump’s attempt to get senior Justice Department lawyers, including a former attorney general, to find evidence of election fraud that would help him retain his office.
Thursday’s hearing conducted by the House J6 committee included testimony from Jeffrey Rosen, who was briefly acting attorney general after William Barr resigned near the end of Trump’s term. Rosen and two of his deputies described how Trump told them in December 2020 that he planned to replace Rosen and have Clark lead the Justice Department.
“This is nothing less than the Justice Department meddling in a presidential election,” Rosen deputy Richard Donoghue said Thursday.
Vought sees it in a completely different way.
“All because Jeff saw fit to investigate voter fraud,” said Vought, adding, “The weaponization of government must end.”
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