House hearings on the catalysts for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol will continue Thursday and are expected to explore President Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department in the days following the election.
The hearing will examine Trump’s ‘attempt to bribe the nation’s top law enforcement agency, the Justice Department, to bolster his attempt to void the election,’ the House Select Committee chairman said. , Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) hearing.
“Just as we heard today that Donald Trump was deeply involved in the scheme to pressure state officials to overturn the election results, we will hear on Thursday that Donald Trump was also driving the efforts to corrupt the Justice Department,” Thompson said. .
Thursday’s hearing will be led by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and will feature testimony from Richard Donoghue, who served as the Acting Assistant United States Attorney General from December 2020 to January 2021.
Former Assistant Prosecutor. General Jeffrey Clark is accused of having repeatedly urged his colleagues at the Justice Department to investigate new theories of voter fraud and asked the department to order some states to “decertify” the results. Trump considered installing Clark as attorney general rather than an acting prosecutor. Gen. Jeff Rosen, who said there was no evidence of fraud that could influence the election. Donoghue, in a deposition clip played at the end of Tuesday’s hearing, said he would have resigned immediately if Trump had.
The Jan. 6 committee hearings, which were due to end on Thursday, could stretch into the summer.
“The initial hearings would have ended in June, but we are gathering new evidence daily at tremendous speed, and so we are constantly incorporating and including new information that comes out,” committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told reporters after Tuesday’s hearing. “Granted, the hearings will wrap up before the end of the summer, but I don’t know if we’ll do that by the end of June.”
For the timing of subsequent hearings, the committee will have to “find out” and make an announcement accordingly, Raskin said.
“There’s evidence from a variety of sources now,” he said, “and I think people have seen that we’re doing a serious investigation that’s bipartisan in nature, that’s just focused on getting the facts about what happened, and many people are now coming forward with information.
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