Federal agents searched a former top Justice Department official’s home on Thursday and seized records from key Republicans in at least five states linked to Donald Trump’s efforts to remain in power after losing the 2020 Presidential election, an indication that authorities are clearly ramping up their investigation of Trump’s former associates.
Jeffrey Clark’s arrest now signals very real legal trouble for Trump, as the DOJ is escalating its probe into pro-Trump efforts to overturn the 2020 election, which culminated in the deadly January 6th insurrection. The disclosures of law enforcement activity came as the January 6th House Select Committee investigating the riot said it had new evidence of Trump’s efforts and his knowledge that he had no legal basis to try to overturn the election.
Both the January 6th Committee and the DOJ are probing the use of replacements for duly chosen electors in seven battleground states that voted for Joe Biden. Trump and his allies furiously pressured authorities in those states to replace Joe Biden’s electors with ones for him on specious or nonexistent allegations that his victory was stolen. The Committee this week disclosed text messages that showed an aide to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican and Trump ally, tried to hand-deliver fake elector certificates to an aide for former Vice President Mike Pence. The texts show Pence’s aide refused to accept the votes.
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The Committee’s Thursday hearing focused on Trump’s desire to install Clark as Acting Attorney General in his administration’s last days. The reason for the search of Clark’s home was not immediately clear and it was not known what information agents were searching for. Constitutional lawyer Page Pate says that Trump could now face charges based on information that could be provided by Clark and others in Trump’s inner circle.