A session on Thursday, January 6, to discuss “efforts to corrupt the Ministry of Justice.”

WASHINGTON — A House hearing to investigate the motivating factors behind the January 6 attack on the Capitol will continue Thursday, and is expected to explore then-President Trump’s efforts to lobby the Department of Justice in the days following the election.

House Select Committee Chairman Benny Thompson, Democrat of Mays, said during his closing remarks Tuesday that the hearing will consider “Trump’s attempt to corrupt the nation’s highest law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, to support his bid to overturn the election.” he heard.

“Just as we heard today that Donald Trump was deeply involved in a scheme to pressure state officials to nullify the election results, we will hear on Thursday that Donald Trump was also the driving force behind efforts to corrupt the Department of Justice,” Thompson said. .

Thursday’s hearing, which begins at noon PST, will be chaired by Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, and will include testimony by Richard Donoghue, who served as the acting US Deputy Attorney General from December 2020 to January 2021.

Attack on the US Capitol

It is alleged that former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark has repeatedly pushed colleagues in the Department of Justice to investigate new theories about election fraud and asked the department to instruct some states to “decertify” the results. Trump has considered appointing Clark as attorney general to represent Atee. General Jeff Rosen, who said there was no evidence of fraud that would affect the election. Donoghue, in a video shown at the end of Tuesday’s session, said he would have resigned immediately if Trump had done so.

The committee’s January 6 hearings, which were due to conclude on Thursday, may extend into the summer.

“The original hearings were due to end in June, but we are collecting new evidence on a daily basis at tremendous speed, and so we are constantly working to integrate and ‘incorporate’ new information that emerges,” Representative Committee member Jimmy Raskin, D-Md., told reporters after Tuesday’s hearing. “Definitely the sessions will wrap up before the end of the summer, but I don’t know we’ll make it by the end of June.”

As for the schedule for additional hearings, Raskin said, the committee will have to “set that out” and make an announcement accordingly.

He said: “There’s evidence coming from a variety of sources now, and I think people have seen that we’re doing a serious investigation of a bipartisan nature, that’s just focused on getting the facts of what happened, and a lot of people are now coming forward with information.”

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