U.S. raids home of Trump-era Justice Dept official ahead of Capitol riot hearing

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – U.S. law enforcement raided the home of a Donald Trump-era Justice Department official ahead of a hearing on Thursday into his role in the the former president’s efforts to reverse his 2020 election defeat.

The House of Representatives select committee hearing on January 6, 2021 will bring the public to the White House on January 3, 2021, when there has been discussion that Trump could fire acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and replace him with Jeffrey Clark.

Russ Vought, the former director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget who recently hired Clark to work for his legal advocacy group Center for Renewing America, confirmed the raid on Clark’s home on Twitter.

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He said more than a dozen federal law enforcement officials searched Clark’s home in a pre-dawn raid, “put him out on the street in his pajamas and took his electronics. “. ABC News said the raid took place on Wednesday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed there was law enforcement activity Wednesday in Lorton, Va., a suburb of Washington near where Clark lives, but declined to elaborate. details.

Rosen was scheduled to testify before the House committee along with Richard Donoghue, former acting deputy attorney general and former assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel Steven Engel.

According to committee aides, Justice Department officials have also been urged to take steps to encourage some states, such as Arizona and Georgia, to stage Trump victories over Democrat Joe Biden, even though Biden was the winner of these contests.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department on Wednesday issued grand jury subpoenas to two Republican Party officials in Georgia, as well as Trump campaign aides in Michigan, Arizona and New Mexico. , reported the New York Times and the Washington Post. Read more

The Detroit News reported that a group of Michigan Republicans who signed a certificate falsely claiming to vote in the state election for Republican Trump in December 2020 are receiving grand jury subpoenas from officials. federal. The newspaper cited several sources.

The Department of Justice is investigating whether there was a conspiracy to come up with alternative lists of bogus voters in battleground states in an attempt to nullify the election results.

According to a subpoena seen by Reuters that focuses on the fake voters list in Georgia, investigators are looking for copies of documents from October 2020 related to “any effort, plan or attempt to serve as a voter in favor of Donald J. Trump and/or (Vice President) Mike R. Pence.”

They are also looking for copies of communications between potential voters and any federal government employees, as well as communications involving Trump allies, including attorneys Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman.

Thursday’s congressional hearing, the fifth this month, is structured to examine how Trump, in the final days of his presidency, was “using the Justice Department for his own personal needs” to stay in power beyond of January 20, 2021, said a committee aide. .

In a fiery speech outside the White House that day, Trump spoke of the need to undo his election defeat. His supporters stormed the Capitol, sending lawmakers and Pence fleeing for their lives as they gathered to certify the election results.

Four people died on January 6, one shot by police and the others from natural causes. Some 140 police officers were injured and one who fought the rioters died the next day. Four officers later died by suicide.

Nearly 850 people have been arrested for crimes related to the riot, including more than 250 charged with assault or obstructing law enforcement.

Trump continues to wrongly blame his defeat on widespread fraud, a claim denied by the courts, state election officials and members of his own administration.

Witnesses, aides said, were prepared to testify that Justice Ministry officials were pressured to publicly state that there had been electoral fraud.

The hearing will shed light on how a few senior Republican Justice Department officials resisted Trump’s pressure campaign.

The testimony is also expected to show that Clark wrote a letter, never sent, to Georgia state lawmakers shortly after the 2020 election, falsely claiming that the department found concerns that may have influenced the outcome of the elections. elections there and elsewhere.

The letter urged state lawmakers to call special sessions to overturn the election results, but Rosen and Donoghue refused to send it.

On Twitter earlier this year, Clark called himself “one of the top targets of the politically motivated J6 committee.”

It is also the subject of separate investigations by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, as well as the DC Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the office that investigates attorney misconduct.

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Reporting by Richard Cowan, Sarah N. Lynch and Moira Warburton; Editing by Scott Malone, Rosalba O’Brien and Howard Goller

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