Trump’s attempt to co-opt the DOJ for fraud is the focus of the latest January 6 hearing

The House select committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot is focusing on Thursday on former President Donald Trump’s efforts to convince the Justice Department to back his bid to overturn the results 2020 elections.

The 3 p.m. hearing will include in-person testimony from former acting attorney general Jeff Rosen, former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue and former assistant attorney general in the Office of General Counsel Steven Engel.

As in the previous four hearings, the committee is also expected to release excerpts of previously recorded interviews and depositions from top Trump aides, family members and administration officials, including former Attorney General Bill Barr. . Closed testimony from former assistant attorney general Jeffrey Clark – who has expressed willingness to support Trump’s claims – is also expected.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), one of two Republicans serving on the committee, will lead Thursday’s presentation.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump is shown on a screen during a select committee hearing investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, U.S. June 21, 2022 .
Former President Donald Trump appears on a screen during a hearing of the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, June 21, 2022.
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The hearing is expected to last at least two hours.

The testimony of the three DOJ officials will likely highlight the former president’s threats to replace department leadership if they do not declare the 2020 presidential election illegitimate due to voter fraud.

“Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the [Republican] members of Congress,” Trump told Rosen and Donoghue on Dec. 27, 2020, according to a Senate Judiciary Committee report.

Committee aides told Axios that the hearing is meant to demonstrate how Trump was “trying to abuse the department to advance his own agenda to stay in power at the end of his term” and “how that is really different from the historical precedent”.

A monitor shows former US Attorney General in the Trump administration William Barr (Top C) testifying during a hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, United States, June 13, 2022
A monitor shows former Attorney General William Barr testifying during a hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, June 13, 2022.

Additional sources later confirmed to PBS NewsHour that the hearing will also feature new information about members of Congress and their involvement in the Jan. 6 riot.

The committee is expected to hold at least two more public hearings as part of its investigation. Final hearings were originally scheduled to take place next week, but have been pushed back to July due to what the panel describes as new evidence.

The evidence includes footage from documentary filmmaker Alex Holder – who filmed Trump and his family before and after the Capitol riot – documents from the National Archives and new advice that has arrived in the past two weeks.

Thursday’s hearing comes two days after the committee detailed how Trump and his allies – primarily the 45th President’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani – pressured state and local authorities to overturn the election results, despite the lack of evidence.

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