Federal Authorities Search Home of Trump Justice Dept. Official

Federal investigators carried out an early-morning search on Wednesday at the home of Jeffrey Clark, 

a former Justice Department official, in connection with the department’s sprawling criminal inquiry into 

efforts to overturn the 2020 election, people familiar with the matter and an associate of Mr. Clark said. 

It remained unclear exactly what the investigators may have been looking for.

But Mr. Clark was central to President Donald J. Trump’s unsuccessful effort in late 2020

to strong-arm the nation’s top prosecutors into supporting his claims of election fraud, 

and the search suggested that the criminal investigation could be moving closer to Mr. Trump.

The law enforcement action at Mr. Clark’s home in suburban Virginia came just one day

before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol held a hearing

setting out in vivid and powerful detail Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure

the Justice Department to help him reverse his election defeat.