The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 uprising plans to present new evidence on Thursday about Donald Trump’s brazen attempts to pressure the Justice Department into nullifying the 2020 presidential election. which he lost, aides said.
After exhausting his legal options and being pushed back by state and local election officials, the president turned to the Justice Department to declare the election corrupt despite no evidence of mass voter fraud, the nine-member panel members will be looking to show at their fifth and final hearing of the month.
Testimony from the Cannon Caucus Room on Capitol Hill is Jeffrey Rosen, the former acting attorney general; Richard Donoghue, former acting deputy attorney general; and Steven Engel, the former assistant attorney general in the legal counsel’s office.
The committee has repeatedly played excerpts from the taped deposition of former Attorney General Bill Barr, who said he told the president in no uncertain terms that his allegations of voter fraud were “bullshit.” At one point during his deposition, Barr burst out laughing as he recounted how absurd some of the theories were, including one allegedly orchestrated by Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan leader who died in 2013.
Donoghue also told Trump, according to his recorded deposition, that the department found no evidence to support the fraud allegations, but said each time they refuted one Trump, he presented another.
“We told him categorically that much of the information he gets is false and/or just plain unsupported by evidence,” Donoghue said in his deposition.
The committee is building the case that Trump was at the heart of the sprawling conspiracy that led to the Jan. 6 violence — a lie that has only metastasized in the months since a pro-Trump mob took to the streets. storming the Capitol with pipes, bear bombs and Confederates. flags. Nine people died in the assault and its aftermath.
The public hearings are the culmination of a year-long investigation into the January 6 violence and the events leading up to it. The committee interviewed over 1,000 witnesses and collected over 140,000 documents. But he continues to accumulate new evidence.
Congressman Bennie Thompson told reporters this week that the committee received “a lot of information,” including documentary footage from Trump’s final months in office. He also plans to speak with Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was in close contact with Trump’s chief of staff in the days leading up to the Capitol attack.
The committee said it would resume public hearings in July, with at least two more sessions scheduled. Those hearings are expected to detail how extremist groups like the Proud Boys planned the attack on Congress and how Trump failed to act to stop the violence once it erupted on Jan. 6.