The Justice Department is investigating felony counts of false statements, conspiracy and obstruction as part of its investigation into the January 6, 2021, search of the home of former Trump administration official Jeffrey Clark, according to a criminal investigation account released Wednesday. in a separate procedure.
Clark’s legal team wrote on June 20 that “about a dozen armed agents from the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General executed a search warrant. [Mr. Clark’s] home around 7 a.m. and his electronic devices were seized” as part of an investigation into violations of the false statements, conspiracy and obstruction laws, according to a report released Wednesday by a committee of the DC Lawyers’ Professional Responsibility Committee.
It’s the first time a document has named details of what the Justice Department considers potential crimes, as it looks at the highest circles of political operatives around then-President Donald Trump before Jan. 6.
Aside from the criminal investigation (Clark has not been charged), the DC Bar’s disciplinary counsel filed an ethics complaint against Clark for his role in promoting Trump’s false election fraud claims in late 2020 and early 2020. of 2021
The attorney’s disciplinary board’s report, released Wednesday, cited an assertion Clark made in a still-confidential filing detailing the search of his home. He argued to ethics officials that proceedings there should be stayed while the DOJ and other authorities investigate him.
The Justice Department declined to comment to CNN.
Clark’s attorneys did not immediately respond to CNN’s requests Wednesday for more information about what they know.
His lawyers say the electronics were taken when his Virginia home was searched in June, and investigators kept them over the summer. Only some of those seized devices have been returned to him, on September 1, his lawyers wrote to the ethics committee earlier this month.
Clark has denied allegations that he violated the lawyer’s ethics rules, writing in a Sept. 8 response that he had “no knowledge of any act to gain advantage for himself or to act in a dishonest manner to achieve an illegal goal for former President Trump.” ”
Trump toyed with the idea of firing the top Justice Department chief and installing Clark after Clark tried to push the department to question the former president’s election loss.
The disclosure comes as a broader federal investigation into events after the 2020 election intensifies.