The parliamentary inquiry into the attack on the Capitol attacks Donald Trump’s attempts Thursday to get the Department of Justice to support his false allegations of election fraud around the presidential election won by Joe Biden.
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The nine elected members — seven Democrats and two Republicans rejected by their party — will highlight the billionaire’s efforts to “corrupt the most important (state) body for law enforcement, the Department of Justice, so that” he supports his attempts to overthrow committee chair Benny Thompson at the end of Tuesday’s fourth public hearing.
Former Acting Secretary Jeffrey Rosen, former Acting Deputy Secretary Richard Donoghue, and Stephen Engel, a senior department official, will be witnesses to this fifth hearing.
The committee will consider Mr. Trump’s pressure on the department to officially publicize election fraud and launch parallel federal lawsuits to those launched by the president’s attorneys.
It will also return to the tensions within the ministry in the days leading up to January 6, 2021, when the defeated president faced an internal rebellion while trying to install one of his relatives at the head of the establishment.
Mr. Rosen was appointed after Secretary Bill Barr resigned in December 2020, but has found himself at the center of efforts by Trump, who has clinging to power after his election defeat, and wanted Jeffrey Clark to be installed.
This mid-level official, who espoused the president’s theories about a fraudulent election, was dismissing the department’s conclusions that found no evidence of fraud that could have altered the outcome of the November ballot.
Jeffrey Clark also had to intervene on behalf of the department to refuse to certify the election result in the key Georgia state, where Joe Biden won only 12,000 votes in advance.
But Jeffrey Rosen, Richard Donoghue, Stephen Engel and White House attorney Pat Cipollone threatened to resign during a meeting with Donald Trump on January 3, warning that they would take top federal prosecutors across the country with them.
Bill Barr, who is loyal to Donald Trump, in his testimony before the committee, considered the allegations of electoral fraud “nonsense” expressed by a man “detached from reality.”
The inquiry announced on Wednesday that two additional hearings would be held in July.
Congress cuts off work on July 4 for two weeks.
A parliamentary source explained that “the committee continues to receive important new evidence for the investigation.”
In particular, she would like to see hours of film by documentary filmmaker Alex Holder, who had access to Mr Trump and his relatives, both before and after January 6.
After a year of investigation, the commission wants to present its conclusions before the end of the summer, putting Donald Trump at the center of an “attempted coup” that culminated in the assault of hundreds of his supporters on the Capitol building in Washington in January. 6, 2021, as elected officials witness Joe Biden’s victory.
Images of chaos in and around the Capitol spread around the world and rocked American democracy for a few hours.
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