Clark’s new employers in the Republican welfare program at The Center for Renewing America rushed to claim that the raid on Clark’s home consisted of “criminalizing politics” because all Clark wanted was “to investigate voter fraud.” Which is a good example of walking as far from the truth as is possible.
The truth is that Clark saw Trump’s desperation to get the DOJ to sign on to the conspiracy, and how frustrated Trump was that Rosen refused to play ball. So Clark offered Trump an absolutely classic “you wash my hands, and I’ll wash yours” arrangement whereby Clark would fly multiple tiers upward to land in the AG role and Trump would get a statement claiming the DOJ was investigating significant voter fraud.
To support this idea, Clark focused on Georgia and both he and Trump pressured then U.S. attorney Byung Pak to back their play. Clark went so far as to pre-draft a letter falsely saying the DOJ was investigating significant voter fraud in Georgia. At one point, Clark was so confident that Trump was about to pull the trigger, that he graciously offered to allow Rosen to hang around as his second in command.
The only thing that stopped Trump from executing this scheme and replacing Rosen with Clark was the timely release of a public statement from Georgia Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger. Having been badgered and threatened by Trump, Raffensperger went public. Word of what Trump and Clark had been planning spread around the DOJ, and multiple senior officials at the department made it clear they would resign rather than go along. In the end, Rosen confronted Trump directly. Trump backed down.
As House select committee on Jan. 6 chair Rep. Bennie Thompson said during Thursday’s hearing, Trump tried to use the DOJ to back his scheme. "Donald Trump didn't just want the Justice Department to investigate,” said Thompson. “He wanted the Justice Department to help legitimize his lies, to baselessly call the election corrupt.”
Whether Clark was subpoenaed to testify or produce information isn’t known. However, among those who did receive a subpoena on Wednesday was Georgia Republican Party chair David Shafer. Shafer reportedly played a central role in organizing the false elector effort in Georgia.