Watch Live: Jan. 6 Commission Hearing Focuses on Trump’s Attempt to Influence the Department of Justice

Thursday will mark the final fifth public hearing of the House Select Committee to investigate January 6, 2021, the attack on the US Capitol. Committee Chair Representative Penny Thompson said the hearing is set to focus on former President Trump’s attempts to influence the Department of Justice to help him overturn the 2020 presidential election.

“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 the attempt to corrupt the Department of Justice,” Thompson said. during the Tuesday session.

CBS News will broadcast the hearing as a special report at 3 p.m. ET, led by “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Nora O’Donnell.

Among the witnesses is Acting Former Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. Former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue; Former Assistant Attorney General Stephen Engel. Donoghue testified before the panel that Trump proposed replacing Rosen with a former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark.

“I said, sir, I will resign immediately. There is no way for me to spend a single minute under the leadership of this man, Jeff Clark,” Donoghue remembers saying, according to a clip from Donoghue aired by the commission on Tuesday.

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Representative Adam Schiff (California) embraces former Georgia election worker Andrea Arshay “Shay” Moss, after she testified during the fourth investigative hearing on Jan. 6 at the Cannon House office building on June 21, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

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Rosen, the former acting attorney general, will tell the committee that the Justice Department has “maintained its position that the department has not presented any evidence of fraud on a large scale sufficient to alter the results of the 2020 election,” according to testimony it obtained. CBS News.

“Some have argued to the former president and the public that the election was corrupt and stolen,” Rosen is expected to say. “That opinion was wrong then and it is wrong today, and I hope our presence here today helps to reaffirm that fact.”

Committee aides said Thursday that the committee will argue that Trump failed only because the Justice Department’s leadership team threatened to resign. There is likely to be a video from Clarke’s meeting with the committee, during which he defended the fifth meeting.

In addition to Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to say there was election fraud, the hearing will also focus on Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to file for or with the Trump campaign to challenge the election results, committee aides said Thursday morning. The hearing will also examine how Trump wanted the Department of Justice to send messages to states about the sanctity of their elections, according to committee aides.

Committee aides said Trump’s threats to replace or dismiss leadership within the Justice Department — which have been met with resistance by a few senior leaders — would also be considered.

Committee aides said the hearing will look at Trump’s efforts to appoint a special counsel to investigate election fraud. There will also be a focus on efforts to pressure Georgia and US Attorney General Jay Buck, who testified earlier this month.

Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger is expected to lead most of Thursday’s hearings and questioning.

Tuesday session Focus on fake voters scheme and threats to state lawmakers and election officials for Trump’s direct verbal attacks on them or public insistence on election theft.

ex-election worker Shay Moss testified on Tuesday She and her family were threatened “all because of the lies” about the election theft. With her mother and 2020 co-worker Robbie Freeman by her side, Moss detailed the threats she’s received from Trump supporters over false allegations made by Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

It saw “a lot of threats”. “I wish death to me… A lot of them were racists. A lot of them were just hateful.”

Tuesday, cum Liz Cheney She said she believes Americans deserve to hear publicly from former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who was in the White House when Trump was trying to influence election officials and encourage his deputy to try to thwart the 2020 presidential election.

“The American people have yet to hear from Pat Cipollone, the former White House adviser to Mr. Trump,” Cheney said in her closing statement. “Our committee is certain that Donald Trump does not want Mr. Cipollone to testify here. In fact, our evidence shows that Mr. Cipollone and his office tried to do the right thing. They tried to stop a number of President Trump’s plans on January 3rd. 6.”

Rebecca Kaplan and Rob Legere contributed to this report.