Former President Donald Trump fired angry posts on his social media platform when the committee on January 6 turned its eyes to the former president’s efforts to use the Justice Department to undermine the 2020 election.
Trump took to his Truth Social network on Thursday to continue repeatedly refuting allegations of widespread electoral fraud such as nationwide consultation unfolded. The committee heard from three senior officials in the Ministry of Justice, who described that they opposed the former president’s pressure to use the ministry’s authority to challenge the election results.
Gathered last year to investigate the causes of the January 6, 2021 uprising at the US Capitol, the probe has turned its attention to how Trump and members of his inner circle tried to prevent Congress from confirming the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Committee earlier this month held its first nationwide broadcast consultation outlining its findings.
Representative Adam Kinzingera Republican from Illinois, led Thursday’s fifth television hearing, saying in his introductory remarks that Trump wrongfully pressured the Justice Department leadership to “say the election was ‘corrupt’ and ‘leave the rest to me and the Republican congressman.'”
“As you will hear today, the department’s top management refused,” Kinzinger said. “Not surprisingly, President Trump did not take no for an answer.”
Trump seemed to be taking a peek at Kinzinger, one of two Republicans in the committee.
“Has there ever been a time in Congress when a member is allowed, without any cross-examination of any kind, to read long and often untruthful statements, not from notes or other papers, BUT FROM A TELEPHONE PROMPTER?” said Trump in a Truth Social post. “This is a kangaroo court like we’ve never seen in this country!”
Cross-examination is a procedure for questioning witnesses in a civil or criminal trial.
Following the 2020 presidential election, former Trump lawyer Bill Barr previously told the committee that he rejected the then president insists on voter fraud as “bull ** t” and resigned.
Former Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who succeeded Barr, reminded the committee of how Trump was “dissatisfied” that the Department of Justice had not done enough to support his allegations of voter fraud.
Rosen also said in his testimony that Trump wanted the Department of Justice to seize voting machines from state governments, believing they contained evidence of fraud. Rosen said, however, that the department did not have the legal authority to do so, and the department saw “nothing wrong” with the machines.
Meanwhile, Trump despised the committee as “Unselects,” riffing off its official designation as a select committee in Parliament, saying they ignored evidence of voter fraud.
“They refuse to go there, they want it all CANCELED because it would be IMPOSSIBLE for the Unselect Committee to reject or challenge what would be put to them, or the American public,” Trump said.
Trump challenged the committee to “LET US ON THE PROOF, STATE BY STATE.” He also reiterated his claim of “massive ballot stop”.
Trump’s allegations of voter fraud have been dropped by more than 50 courts, including The Supreme Courtand disproved by several auditors and members of his own administration.
Newsweek contacted House Committee spokesman Tim Mulvey.