Jan. 6 committee: Thursday hearing will focus on Trump pressuring DOJ over 2020 election

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Thursday’s hearing to focus on Trump pressuring DOJ on 2020 election results

Thursday’s hearing will focus on former President Donald Trump allegedly pressuring the U.S. Department of Justice to file lawsuits for or with the Trump campaign over the 2020 election results, which he sought to overturn and how the DOJ resisted the former president trying to get a special counsel appointed on the matter.

Trump also talked in a Jan. 3, 2021 Oval Office meeting about replacing then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen – who replaced Bill Barr when he resigned in December 2020 – with Jeffrey Clark, who he thought would come to a conclusion more favorable to the Trump campaign on the election results, the panel said.

The hearing is expected to be shorter than previous ones and will be led by Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

Witnesses for Thursday’s hearing will include former acting AG Jeffrey Rosen

Witnesses for Thursday’s hearing will include former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and Steven Engel, former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel.

The hearing is expected to continue its focus on former President Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election results.

Rosen became acting attorney general after Bill Barr resigned in December 2020 and served until President Biden took office.

Jan. 6 committee plans to hearings until July, citing evidence

The Jan. 6 committee said this week it plans to delay two more scheduled hearings this month following Thursday’s until July, citing new evidence.

Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson said the panel ay add hearings depending on the amount of new evidence they receive.

Thursday will be the committee’s fifth public hearing, which has focused this week on former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

The new evidence reportedly includes footage from documentary filmmaker Alex Holder who interviewed the Trump family, National Archives documents and tips received during the preceding hearings.