House hearings examining the catalysts behind the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol resume Thursday and are set to examine then-President Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department in the days after the election.
The hearing will investigate Trump’s “attempt to corrupt the nation’s top law enforcement agency, the Justice Department, to aid his attempt to overturn the election,” House Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said during listening to his closing remarks on Tuesday.
“Just as we heard today that Donald Trump was deeply involved in a plan to pressure state officials to overturn the election results, we will hear on Thursday that Donald Trump was also the driving force behind efforts to shut down the Justice Department corrupt,” Thompson said.
Thursday’s hearing will be chaired by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and will include testimony from Richard Donoghue, who served as US Assistant Attorney General from December 2020 to January 2021.
Former assistant Atty. General Jeffrey Clark supposed to have repeatedly urged his colleagues at the Justice Department to investigate new theories about voter fraud and urged the department to order some states to “decertify” the findings. Trump considered installing Clark as attorney general in place of incumbent Atty. General Jeff Rosen, who said there was no evidence of fraud affecting the election. Donoghue, in an affidavit clip shown at the end of Tuesday’s hearing, said he would have resigned immediately had Trump done so.
The Jan. 6 committee hearings, which were due to conclude on Thursday, could stretch well into the summer.
“The original hearings would have ended in June, but we are accumulating new evidence at a tremendous rate every day, and as such we are constantly integrating and integrating the new information that comes out,” committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told reporters after Tuesday’s hearing. “Certainly the hearings will be completed before the end of the summer, but I don’t know if we’ll be able to do it by the end of June.”
For the schedule of further hearings, the committee will “have to figure it out” and make an appropriate announcement, Raskin said.
“There’s evidence now from various sources,” he said, “and I think people saw that we’re conducting a serious investigation, which is inherently bipartisan, just focused on getting the facts about what.” happened and a lot of people are now coming forward with information.”
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-21/thursdays-jan-6-hearing-to-explore-the-effort-to-corrupt-the-justice-department Thursday Jan. 6 hearing to explore ‘effort to corrupt’ DOJ