The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will continue its televised hearings on Thursday.
So far, the hearings have repeatedly shown how former president Donald Trump pushed ahead with his claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election even as his advisers and allies told him he had lost.
During the most recent hearing on Tuesday, state election officials testified about pressure they faced in the aftermath of the election to try and invalidate Joe Biden’s win.
Last week, the panel presented evidence about Trump’s efforts to persuade his vice president, Mike Pence, to stray from his ceremonial role and object as Congress counted the electoral votes on January 6, 2021.
On Thursday, the committee’s hearing will hear of Trump’s pressure on the Justice Department in his final days in office.
The panel will be told that Trump was “the driving force behind the effort to corrupt the Justice Department,” the committee’s chairman, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, said.
The fifth hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, at 3 p.m. ET.
Who Are the Witnesses?
Three witnesses are set to testify at Thursday’s hearing, the committee has said. They are:
- Jeffrey A. Rosen, former acting attorney general
- Richard Donoghue, former acting deputy attorney general
- Steven Engel, former assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel
Rosen took over the Justice Department after the resignation of Bill Barr, who in videotaped depositions played by the committee last week said Trump’s claims of fraud in the 2020 election were “bulls**t.”
Rosen and other senior Justice Department officials then faced pressure from Trump to declare that the results of the 2020 election were “corrupt.”
“Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen,” Trump told Rosen in a phone conversation in December 2020, according to notes taken by Donoghue.
Then in an Oval Office confrontation three days before January 6, 2021, Trump contemplated replacing Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, an assistant U.S. attorney general who wanted to champion Trump’s claims of election fraud. Both Rosen and Donoghue warned that they would resign.
“The president said, ‘suppose I do this, suppose I replace him, Jeff Rosen, with him, Jeff Clark. What do you do?’ And I said, ‘Sir, I would resign immediately. There’s no way I’m serving under this guy, Jeff Clark,'” Donoghue said in testimony previewed by Thompson ahead of Thursday’s hearing.
How to Watch the January 6 Committee Hearing
The January 6 committee is livestreaming its hearings so viewers can watch in real time on its website or YouTube channel.
Several major broadcast and cable networks—including ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC—have been airing the hearings live, so viewers can also tune in to watch the hearings there.
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