The parliamentary inquiry into the attack on the Capitol attacks Donald Trump’s attempts on Thursday to pressure the Justice Department to back his false allegations of voter fraud related to the Joe Biden-winning presidential election.
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The nine elected – seven Democrats and two Republicans who were rejected by their party – will highlight the billionaire’s efforts to “bribe the[state’s]primary law enforcement body, the Justice Department, into ‘supporting its attempts to to overthrow the election,’ said commission chairman Bennie Thompson at the end of Tuesday’s fourth public hearing.
Former Acting Secretary Jeffrey Rosen, former Acting Deputy Secretary Richard Donoghue and Steven Engel, a senior Department official, will be the witnesses at this fifth hearing.
The commission will investigate Mr Trump’s pressure on the department to officially declare the election rigged and launch federal lawsuits alongside those of the president’s attorneys.
She will also return to the tensions within the ministry in the days leading up to January 6, 2021, when the defeated president faced an internal revolt in an attempt to put one of his relatives at the helm of the institution.
Mr Rosen was appointed following Secretary Bill Barr’s resignation in December 2020 but found himself at the center of efforts by Trump, who wanted to use Jeffrey Clark to stay in power after his election defeat.
This mid-level official, who had adopted theories put forward by the president about a rigged election, was supposed to overturn the ministry’s conclusions, which had found no evidence of fraud that could have changed the outcome of the November election.
Jeffrey Clark was also scheduled to intervene on behalf of the department to refuse to confirm the outcome of the election in key Georgia, where Joe Biden won by just 12,000 votes in advance.
But Jeffrey Rosen, Richard Donoghue, Steven Engel and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone threatened to resign during a Jan. 3 meeting with Donald Trump, warning they would take top federal prosecutors across the country with them.
Bill Barr, still a supporter of Donald Trump, testified before the commission that allegations of voter fraud were “nonsense” uttered by a “disconnected” man.
The commission of inquiry announced Wednesday that two more meetings would be held in July.
Congress will suspend its work for two weeks on July 4th.
“The Commission continues to receive new evidence that is important to the investigation,” a parliamentary source said.
In particular, she wants to watch hours-long films by documentary filmmaker Alex Holder, who had access to Mr. Trump and his loved ones before and after Jan. 6.
After a year of investigation, the commission aims to present its conclusions before the end of the summer, placing Donald Trump at the center of a “coup attempt” that culminated in the attack on the Congress building in Washington by hundreds of his supporters in January August 2021, as elected officials announced Joe Biden’s victory certify
The images of the chaos in and around the Capitol went around the world and shook American democracy for a few hours.