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Investigators Raid Home of DOJ Official Who Backed Trump

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(Bloomberg) -- Federal investigators searched the home of former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, who played a key role in trying to help former President Donald Trump overturn the 2020 election results, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Clark, who served as assistant attorney general, has come up frequently in the House Jan. 6 Committee hearings, which are to focus Thursday afternoon on Trump’s attempts to pressure Justice Department officials.

Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen is among those scheduled to testify on Thursday. He took over the department after Attorney General William Barr resigned over his refusal to endorse Trump’s claims of a stolen election.

Rosen is expected to describe a tense Jan. 3, 2021, Oval Office meeting in which he and other officials threatened to resign over Trump’s plan to name Clark acting attorney general and send a letter to the states saying election results were in doubt and suggest they appoint alternative electors.

Liz Cheney, the Jan. 6 committee’s vice chair, previewed the Justice Department officials’ testimony during the panel’s first televised session.

“In our hearings, you will hear first-hand how the senior leadership of the Department of Justice threatened to resign, how the White House Counsel threatened to resign, and how they confronted Donald Trump and Jeff Clark in the Oval Office,” she said.

(Updates with background.)

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