Thursday will be the fifth recent public hearing examining the House Select Committee, Representative Benny Thompson, chairman of the committee, said the hearing was set to focus on efforts to influence the Justice Department to help reverse former President Trump’s 2020 presidential election.
Thompson said, “As we heard today that Donald Trump was deeply involved in a plan to pressure state officials to reverse the election results, we will hear Thursday that Donald Trump is also behind the effort to corrupt the Justice Department. was the driving force.” during Tuesday’s hearing.
CBS News will broadcast the Eastern hearing at 3 p.m. as a special report, led by “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Nora O’Donnell.
Witnesses will include former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen; Former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue; and former Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel. Donoghue testifies before committee that Trump suggested replacing Rosen with former Justice Department official,
“I said, ‘Sir, I’ll resign immediately. There’s no way I’m going to serve a minute under this man, Jeff Clark,'” Donoghue recalled according to a clip of Donoghue played on Tuesday. Told.
Rosen, the former acting attorney general, will tell the committee that the DOJ “maintains the position that no evidence of widespread fraud on a scale sufficient to alter the outcome of the 2020 election was provided to the department,” according to testimony obtained by According to CBS News.
“Some people argued with the former president and the public that the election was corrupt and stolen,” Rosen is expected to say. “That view was wrong then and is wrong today, and I hope our presence here today helps to confirm that fact.”
Committee aides said Thursday that the committee would argue that Trump failed simply because the Justice Department’s leadership team threatened to resign. There could potentially be video from Clark’s meeting with the committee, during which he requested the fifth.
Aides on the committee said Thursday morning that in addition to Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department into calling it election fraud, the hearing will also focus on Trump’s efforts to challenge the election results for or with the Trump campaign. To put pressure on the Justice Department to file. The hearing will also look at how Trump wanted the Justice Department to send letters to states about the sanctity of his elections, according to aides to the committee.
Aides on the committee said Trump’s threat to replace or fire leadership within the Justice Department — which was resisted by some senior leaders — would also be investigated.
Aides on the committee said the hearing would look into Trump’s efforts to appoint a special counsel to investigate election fraud. And efforts to pressure Georgia and U.S. Attorney BJ Pak will also be noted, who testified earlier this month.
GOP Representative Adam Kizinger is expected to lead the majority of Thursday’s hearing and questioning.
Tuesday’s hearingState lawmakers and election officials were sparked by Trump’s direct verbal attacks or the more general insistence that the election was stolen.
pre election workerThat he and his family were threatened “because of a lie” about the election being stolen. Along with her mother and fellow 2020 election activist Ruby Freeman, Moss detailed the threats she received from Trump supporters because of false claims made by Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
“Too many threats,” he testified. “Wish death on me. … A lot of them were racist. A lot of them were disgusting.”
Vice President on TuesdayHe said he thinks Americans deserve to hear publicly from former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who was in the White House when Trump was attempting to influence election officials and named his own vice president as the 2020 president. were encouraged to attempt to thwart the election.
“The American people have yet to hear from Mr. Trump’s former White House counsel, Pat Cipollone,” Cheney said in his 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 what was right. Tried to stop the plans. 6.”
Rebecca Kaplan and Rob Legare contributed to this report.