Former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark, who tried to help President Donald Trump overturn his 2020 election loss, had his house searched by U.S. law enforcement agents on Wednesday, an experience which he has described as ‘Stasi-like.’
In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, Clark shared his dismay at what he had been subjected to as he was forced to stand outside his home in his pajamas while a search by armed federal agents took place.
‘There was loud banging outside my door. I quickly figured out there were agents there. I asked for the courtesy to put some pants on and was told “no”. They swept the house. Twelve agents and two police Fairfax County Police Officers searched it for more than three hours. An electronic sniffing dog came too. All the electronics from my house was removed,’ Clark recounted.
Federal agents searched the home of Jeffrey Clark, the former U.S. Justice Dept. official who tried to help President Donald Trump overturn his 2020 election loss
Appearing on Tucker Carlson on Thursday night, Clark described the search as ‘Stasi-like’
‘I just think we’re living in an era that I don’t recognize and increasingly, Tucker, I don’t recognize the country anymore with these Stasi-like things happening,’ Clark said.
‘Yeah, this is Stalinist,’ responded Carlson. ‘At some point, somebody’s gonna fight back and it’s going to get super ugly. I pray that it doesn’t happen but I think it probably will.’
The Stasi was one of the most hated and feared institutions of the East German communist government between 1950 and 1990.
One of the Stasi’s main tasks was spying on the population, primarily through a vast network of citizens-turned-informants, and fighting any opposition by overt and covert measures.
Clark, a former Justice Department official and fervent Trump, explained how federal agents searched his home for three-and-a-half hours.
Federal agents searched the home of Jeffrey Clark, a former Department of Justice lawyer who former President Donald Trump considered installing as attorney general in the days before the January 6 Capitol riot, as part of an effort to overturn the election
An ally, Russ Vought, who headed the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump White House, said Clark had to stand in the street in his pajamas.
The raid occurred as part of the department’s probe into the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The U.S. law enforcement agents searched his Virginia home on Wednesday in the Lorton, Virginia, suburb of Washington.
At the time of the search, a U.S. congressional panel investigating the deadly January 6 attack was preparing to hold its fifth hearing about Trump’s failed efforts to pressure the Justice Department to help overturn his 2020 defeat.
Clark would have been a key figure in Trump’s plan to remain in power after he lost the 2020 election.
In the days running up to the January 6 violence, Trump considered a proposal to appoint Clark as acting attorney general.
‘At what point can we say the Department of Justice, where you once served, is a political instrument, it’s completely out of control?’ Carlson asked during Thursday night’s interview.
‘Yeah, I think this is highly politicized and it’s also part, Tucker if you didn’t know it, of a nationwide effort yesterday,’ Clark explained.
‘There were multiple states where multiple people were roughly simultaneously raided for their electronic devices. And that obviously requires a high level of coordination.’
Congress was informed that at one stage Clark pressured others in his department to send a letter to lawmakers in Georgia falsely claiming the Justice Department had ‘significant concerns’ about the legitimacy of Biden’s victory in the state, echoing then President Trump’s false claims of voting fraud.
Emails previously released by the January 6 committee, reveal how Clark proposed to send a letter to officials in Georgia claiming falsely that the Department of Justice had evidence of voter fraud that could reverse Joe Biden’s victory in the state
Emails previously released by the January 6 committee, reveal how Clark proposed to send a letter to officials in Georgia claiming falsely that the Department of Justice had evidence of voter fraud that could reverse Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
In fact, Biden won the state with no widespread evidence of voter fraud uncovered.
His letter to Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican, urged him to call a special session of the Georgia legislature to create a separate slate of electors backing Trump.
‘History is calling,’ Clark, a relatively junior official, told the president at the White House on January 3 according to a deposition given by Richard Donoghue, deputy attorney general, and excerpted in a court filing.
Trump supporters are pictured gathering outside the Capitol building on January 6, 2021 before storming the Capitol in Washington D.C.
Protestors are pictured storming inside the US Capitol on January 06 2021
‘This is our opportunity. We can get this done.’
In the event, Trump decided not to promote Clark amid warnings that hundreds of DOJ officials would resign if he did so.
Carlson made no mention of this fact during the segment in which Clark appeared instead describing it as follows: ‘What he did wrong was simply call for an investigation into voter fraud.’
Clark was subpoenaed and appeared twice before the panel, but his lawyer later told the panel that Clark intended to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Clark faces an investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general and an ethics probe by the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel, an office that investigates attorney misconduct.
Clark previously served as assistant attorney general for the department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and briefly as head of the civil division toward the end of Trump’s presidency.
In a fiery speech outside the White House On January 6, Trump urged his supporters to help overturn his election defeat. Pictured here on January 6, 2021
In a fiery speech outside the White House On January 6, Trump urged his supporters to help overturn his election defeat.
They later stormed the Capitol, sending lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence fleeing for their lives.
Four people died, one shot by police and the others of natural causes.
More than 800 people have since been arrested in connection with the violence.