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Hearing January 6 to focus on Trump’s pressure on the DOJ and plans to replace the Attorney General

Written by Javed Iqbal

‘There’s a lot more to come’ from the January 6 survey, Cheney says

Committee Vice President US Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) submits her opening statement during the public hearing of the US House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, June 9, 2022.

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Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Said the committee has much more evidence to reveal in its investigation into the Capitol riot.

“Our committee has just begun to show America the evidence we have gathered,” Cheney said in his opening speech.

“There’s a lot more to come, both in our hearings and in our report,” Cheney said.

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Trump wanted the DOJ to “help legitimize his lies,” Thompson says

Former President Donald Trump appears on screen during the fourth hearing of the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on June 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Trump wanted the Department of Justice to actively assist in his efforts to overthrow the 2020 election result, Thompson said at the start of the hearing.

“Trump not only wanted the Department of Justice to investigate. He wanted the Department of Justice to help legitimize his election lies. Reasonably to call the election corrupt. To appoint a special lawyer to investigate alleged election fraud. To send a letter to six states legislative assemblies urges them to consider changing the election result, “Thompson said.

When those efforts failed, Trump tried to replace then-Attorney General Rosen with Clark, he said.

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Federal agents reportedly searched the home of Jeffrey Clark, a former DOJ official linked to Trump’s election campaign

Jeff Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, speaks at a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington on September 14, 2020.

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Federal agents searched Wednesday morning former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark in Virginia’s residence. several news media reported.

Clark, a former environmental lawyer at the Department of Justice, played a public role in Trump’s attempt to overthrow the 2020 election. The committee plans to investigate his involvement during his hearing Thursday afternoon. The panel plans to show how Trump wanted to install Clark as acting attorney general as part of his plan to overturn Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

ABC Newswho earlier Thursday reported activity in Clark’s Lorton, Virginia, home, quoted a neighbor as saying they saw FBI agents coming in and out of the residence.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, told NBC News that it “can confirm that there was law enforcement activity in that area yesterday.” The spokesman declined to give further details.

DOJ, FBI and committee committee spokesmen did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment on the reported search.

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The hearing will look at Trump’s presidential pardons, the president said

U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Committee investigating the Capitol riot, speaks during a hearing in the House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, 13. June 2022.

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Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Said late Wednesday that the fifth public hearing will include “some talks on pardon.”

Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Noted in an earlier hearing that “several other Republican congressmen also sought the president’s pardon for their roles in trying to overthrow the 2020 election.”

She called rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., Who allegedly tried to get pro-Trump DOJ official Clark installed as acting Attorney General, and has refused to testify before the committee.

Thompson on Wednesday night declined to name any other pardon-seeking lawmakers. “You have to come to the hearing,” he told reporters.

Thompson also said the committee can hold more than the seven hearings originally announced. “We can make eight, nine or ten. A lot just depends on what we come up with,” he said.

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GOP representative Kinzinger describes death threats against him and his family

U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is attending the public opening hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, on June 9, 2022.

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the select committee, said threats and harassment against him, his family and other panel members are “constant” and have been on the rise.

Kinzinger on Sunday posted a screenshot on Twitter showing a handwritten death threat that the congressman said was “addressed to my wife, sent to my home that threatened my family’s life.”

“Darkness spreads politely from cowardly leaders who are afraid of the truth,” Kinzinger tweeted.

Kinzinger told CNN on Wednesday that he received another message “last night that threatened execution,” saying it now appears to be “normal.”

The congressman’s participation in the January 6 poll and regular criticism of Trump has made him a pariah among many Republicans. He said he shared the death threat to point out the “corruption” swirling around in the politically charged investigation, rejecting, “that there are people who would literally come up with the idea of ​​killing a five-month-old because you are disagree that I am on the committee on 6 January. “

“We have security, we have strengthened our security position,” Kinzinger said. “We have to move on, and it’s not going to stop us, and it’s not going to scare us.”

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The committee has pushed back several hearings

This afternoon’s hearing on the DOJ was originally scheduled for last week, but that was it exposed without a clear explanation.

On Wednesday, the committee announced that it was also pushing back its last two public hearings from June to July.

Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., On Wednesday suggested that new evidence received by the committee prompted changes to the schedule. A committee assistant told CNBC that the panel “continues to receive additional evidence relevant to our investigation” of the Capitol riot and that it will announce dates and times of the last hearings “soon.”

These new pieces of evidence allegedly include never-before-seen documentaries from a filmmaker who had access to Trump and his family before and after the riot. Investigators are also continuing to seek the cooperation of key witnesses, including former White House lawyer Pat Cipollone and Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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