Jeffrey Clark, an environmental attorney with the Department of Justice (DOJ) under former President Donald Trump’s administration, has pulled off a “highly politicized” raid on his home by the FBI.
Clark’s Virginia home was reportedly raided by federal agents on Wednesday. Clark denounced the raid, which he says lasted three and a half hours and forced him to leave his house without wearing pants, on Thursday night’s edition of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson tonight† The former DOJ attorney also said it was no “coincidence” that he was a key figure during the Jan. 6 House selection committee hearing that took place Thursday.
“I think this is highly politicized,” Clark told host Tucker Carlson. “And it’s also part, Tucker — if you didn’t know, of a nationwide effort yesterday. There were multiple states where multiple people were raided for their electronic devices at about the same time.”
“Look, with the hearing that was aimed at me and it was aimed at me today … it seems very coincidental,” he added. “And Tucker, I just don’t believe in coincidence.”
Clark went on to compare the raid on his home to the tactics used by the Stasi, East Germany’s notoriously repressive secret police force.
“I just think we’re living in an era that I don’t recognize,” he said. “And more and more, Tucker, I don’t recognize the country anymore with these Stasi-esque things happening.”
Clark, considered a loyal supporter of Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was “stolen,” was a central topic of discussion during Thursday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing, in part because of suggestions that the former president was putting forward the idea of Clark as Acting U.S. Solicitor General in the waning days of his administration.
While Trump was reportedly eager for Clark to lead the DOJ, presumably in the hopes that he would help him undo President Joe Biden’s election victory when others would not, the former president eventually dropped his plan when a number of top officials of the DOJ threatened a mass resignation if he went through with it.
The Wednesday raid on Clark’s home was confirmed to the Associated Press by a person speaking on condition of anonymity. The exact reason for the raid, or what the officers were looking for, was unclear.
Federal agents have also reportedly issued subpoenas in recent days against the presidents of the Nevada and Georgia Republican parties, while GOP officials in Michigan and Pennsylvania said they had been interviewed by the FBI.
Clark now works as a senior fellow at the Center for Renewing America, a conservative organization dedicated to combating critical race theory. The group’s president, Russ Vought, also a former Trump official, described the raid on Clark’s home on Twitter.
“Yesterday, more than a dozen DOJ officers searched Jeff Clark’s home during a predawn raid, kicked him out in his pajamas and took his electronic devices,” Vought said. tweeted† “All because Jeff felt it necessary to investigate voter fraud. This isn’t America, folks.’
news week reached out to the FBI and the House Selection Committee on Jan. 6.