Thursday’s hearing before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 uprising draws the panel’s attention to how former President Donald Trump sought to use the judiciary to strengthen his efforts to thwart the 2020 presidential election.
Three top officials who led the judiciary in the final days of the Trump administration will testify at Thursday’s hearing about how the then president and his allies tried to list the department. Provide credibility for their unsubstantiated fraud allegations And how Trump felt Replacing the Acting Attorney General According to the committee’s aides, with an officer who purchased his claims of fraud.
During a December 2020 meeting at the Oval Office with Sidney Powell and Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael, aides said the investigation into appointing a special adviser to investigate Trump’s allegations of voter fraud would be discussed within the White House. Flynn.
Former Attorney General Jeffrey RosenFormer Deputy Attorney General Richard Donogue and Legal Adviser Steven Engel, head of the office, will testify on Thursday.
After Rosen was appointed Acting Attorney General in December 2020 William Barr resigns – who has publicly stated that the judiciary has not disclosed substantial evidence of voter fraud – Trump and his allies have begun to put pressure on Rosen over allegations of fraud.
Until January 6, 2021, Trump’s motivation began as a turbulent period in the judiciary, when then – President Roshan thought of replacing him. Jeffrey ClarkThe department’s top energy lawyer who then pushed Trump’s fraud claims into the judiciary.
DOJ officials, along with lawyers in the White House adviser’s office, attended a dramatic meeting with Clark and Rosen in the Oval Office on January 3, 2021, when Trump eventually withdrew from the plan to appoint Clark as president. Judiciary – Rosen, Donoku and Engel protest and threaten to resign.
According to a copy of the written statement he will present at Thursday’s hearing, Rosen will confirm to the judiciary that no evidence of widespread voter fraud has been provided.
Some have argued to the former president and the public that the election was rigged and rigged. That view was wrong then, and still is wrong today, and I hope that being here today will help reaffirm that fact, ”Rosen said.
Based on previous sessions that focused on other aspects of Trump’s pressure campaign, Thursday’s hearing is the fifth hearing this month by the commission that will release the findings of its investigation. It may also be the last hearing of the month The final hearing was adjourned until July.
The schedule is still fluid and subject to change, but Penny Thompson, chair of the Mississippi Democratic Congressional Select Committee, told reporters Wednesday that the committee’s current goal is a round of hearings in July.
The group’s two inquiries into the pressure campaign against then – Vice President Mike Pence and state election officials have largely returned to the efforts of Trump’s lawyer. John EastmanHe was instrumental in putting forward theories of how Trump could change or reject the presidential election won by Joe Biden.
On Thursday, Trump’s campaign will focus on Clark’s behind – the – scenes efforts to disrupt the election.
Aides to the group said the investigation would focus on Clark’s role in the judiciary, dismissing Trump’s false allegations. According to aides to the committee, Clark planned to “alter the outcome of the department’s investigation into election fraud” and wanted to send letters to states alleging fraud.
His drive was quickly rejected by Rosen and Donok, which led to a confrontation at the Oval Office, where Trump considered placing Clark in charge of the department.
While Trump will serve as executive chairman of civil cases in the judiciary at the end of the presidency, Clark plans to present a plan to the Georgia legislature and other states to undermine popular vote results. According to Justice Department documents, he gave credibility to the unsubstantiated conspiracy theories of voter fraud and contacted Trump about becoming attorney general, which was discovered during a Senate hearing this month.
The extent of Clark’s talks with Trump in the days leading up to January 6 is not yet public.
According to aides, Clark appeared before the panel for a confession in February and demanded a fifth petition.
Last year, the Senate Judiciary Committee Issued a lengthy statement Describes how Trump sought to use the judiciary to advance his efforts to thwart the 2020 election. The Senate hearing will include interviews with DOJ witnesses who will testify publicly on Thursday.
Aides to the Jan. 6 committee said the panel’s inquiry answers different questions than the Senate inquiry, noting that in each of the panel’s previous hearings, parts of the story were known and some were unknown.
For example, the committee was briefed by Pennsylvania GOP representative Scott Perry on how former White House Commander-in-Chief Mark Meadows was linked to Clark. CNN previously reported.
Perry was one of three identified in the Senate Judiciary report for further investigation, along with Doug Mastriano, GOP Representative for the State of Pennsylvania. Now a Republican candidate for governor – and Trump Legal Adviser Clita Mitchell.
“Since the events of January 6 are beyond the immediate scope of the Committee’s inquiry, this report is available to the House Select Committee and the public to assist in their investigation into the January 6 attacks,” the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote.
Meadows’ text messages and court filings helped the House committee provide new details on how Perry merged between Trump and Clark. They plan to modify or delay the certification of the 2020 election.
Representative from the Republican Party of Illinois. Adam Kingsinger will be a member of the panel during Thursday’s hearing, which will focus on the judiciary.
That means the panel will provide additional information on what it claims to be evidence Apologizing Republican lawmakers From the judiciary, including Perry.
The committee apologized at its initial hearing. Later, Perry denied that he had apologized, calling it a “completely shameless and soulless lie”.
Earlier this month on CBS ‘”Face the Nation”, Kinzinger said he would lead an investigation into further information about the apologies.
When asked about Perry’s denial, Kingsinger said, “I do not want to put my hand in this. Let’s put out what needs to be put out. But we are not going to make accusations or say things without proof or evidence.
With the heads of the judiciary, the then White House adviser Pat Cipolon He was instrumental in thwarting Trump’s efforts to establish a confidante in the judiciary – and joined in their threats to resign.
Cipolon, however, did not testify at Thursday’s hearing and it is unclear whether he will do so at the panel’s hearing.
Thompson said he hoped Cipolon would testify at the public hearing, “but you know, it’s possible, it’s not going to happen.”
When he refused to testify in public, when asked if the team had video evidence of Cipolon playing during the trial, Thompson said, “I’ll do it later.”
At Tuesday’s hearing, the group’s deputy chairwoman, Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney, called Cipolon and said the group was working to protect her testimony.
“The American people are still mr. Trump did not ask from former White House adviser Pat Cipolon. Mr. Donald Trump. Our team is adamant that Cipolon does not want to testify here. In fact, Mr. Our testimony shows that Cipolon and his office tried to do the right thing. They tried to stop many of President Trump’s plans on January 6, ”Cheney said. “I think the American people personally deserve to hear from Mr. Cipolon. He must appear before this committee and we are working to protect his testimony.
Cipollone objected to giving public testimony, however, believing he had cooperated sufficiently in the closed-door interview, CNN reported Tuesday.
Thursday’s hearing was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, but the panel adjourned it to the previous day.
The panel initially said it would hold all its hearings in June, but now it looks like the schedule will be pushed back to July.
The committee has put forward at least two inquiries since Thursday – one focusing on the militants who attacked Capitol on January 6, and the other on what Trump did and did not do in response to the attack.
But aides declined to say on Wednesday whether they were the only remaining investigations or when they would be held because of new information coming to the panel, which said the timeline of investigations was being driven by the investigation.
In fact, team members said they needed more time to watch the new documentary footage obtained from the group Documentary by Alex HolderWho has never seen scenes of Trump and his family. Thompson reviewed some of the footage and said it was classified as “important”.
Democrat committee member from Maryland, Rep. Jamie Ruskin said Wednesday. “We have to catch our breath, go through the new evidence and link it to the investigation.”
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