January 6 Committee: Thursday hearing will investigate Trump’s lobbying campaign on Justice Department

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The fifth public hearing of the Select Committee on January 6 will focus on former of President Donald Trump efforts to use the Justice Department to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

“On Thursday, we learned about another part of that scheme. [Trump’s] attempt to corrupt the nation’s top law enforcement agency, the Justice Department, to support their attempt to nullify the election,” said Chairman and Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., at the conclusion of Tuesday’s committee hearing. .

The hearing is expected to feature a panel of witnesses, all former Trump DOJ officials: former Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen, former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and former Office of Legal Counsel Deputy Attorney General Steven Engel.

Thursday’s hearing is the last expected in June, a select committee aide told Fox News.

From left to right, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. ., listen during a hearing of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US.

From left to right, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. ., listen during a hearing of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“The Select Committee continues to receive additional evidence relevant to our investigation into the January 6 violence and its causes. After tomorrow’s hearing, we will hold additional hearings in the coming weeks. We will announce the dates and times of those hearings soon. said the assistant.

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The committee focused earlier this week on Trump’s pressure campaign on state officials, including threats and harassment, in an attempt to force them to overturn President Joe Biden’s legal victory in the weeks after the presidential election. of 2020.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Trump supporters issued “sexualized threats” to his wife and he received a barrage of text messages and emails after refusing to overturn state election results. Former poll worker Shaye Moss testified about “racist” and “hateful” death threats she and her mother received after Trump and Rudy Giuliani falsely accused them of smuggling ballots out of a Georgia polling place.

All of the officials who testified also refuted Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen and said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, gives her opening remarks as the committee's chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, left, looks on, during a first hearing of the House select committee investigating the attack on the January 6th.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, gives her opening remarks as the committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, left, looks on, during a first hearing of the House select committee investigating the attack on the January 6th. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The two public hearings last week focused on the role that Trump’s attorney, John Eastman, and others had in trying to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the electoral college results. The other hearing featured testimony from advisers and lawyers for the Trump 2020 campaign who said the president ignored their advice on Election Day and proceeded to push voter fraud conspiracies that had no factual basis.

During the first public hearing, held June 9 during prime time, lawmakers focused on Trump’s role in inciting the mob that attacked Capitol Hill.

PENCE SAYS HE WON’T LET OTHERS USE JAN. 6 TO ‘DISTRACT’ FROM HIS ‘FAILED AGENDA,’ PRAISES TRUMP’S RECORD

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, who serves as vice chair, mentioned this week that the committee’s overall investigation is still active and encouraged former Trump attorney Pat Cipollone to testify publicly.

“The American people in our hearings have heard from Bill Barr, Jeff Rosen, Richard Donohue and many others who stood up and did the right thing. And they will hear more of that testimony soon. But the American people have yet to hear from Mr. The former attorney President of Trump at the White House, Pat Cipollone. Our committee is certain that Donald Trump does not want Mr. Cipollone to testify here,” he said at the end of Tuesday’s hearing, saying the committee is working to secure his testimony.

The January 6 Committee includes Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kingzinger.

The January 6 Committee includes Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kingzinger.
(Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS)

Cipollone has yet to agree to appear publicly before the committee.

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Cheney’s comments come as the committee considers how far it will go in potentially referring Trump or others in his orbit to President Biden’s Justice Department for prosecution.

Cheney said Tuesday of Trump’s pressure campaign on Pence and state officials: “Each of these efforts to nullify the election is independently serious. Each deserves the attention of both Congress and our Justice Department.”

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