The parliamentary inquiry into the assault on the Capitol is attacking Donald Trump’s attempts on Thursday to push the Department of Justice to support his false allegations of electoral fraud around the presidential election won by Joe Biden.
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The nine elected – seven Democrats and two Republicans repudiated by their party – will highlight the billionaire’s efforts to “bribe the most important body (of the state) for law enforcement, the Department of Justice, so that ‘He supports his attempts to overturn the election,’ commission chairman Bennie Thompson said at the end of the fourth public hearing on Tuesday.
Former acting minister Jeffrey Rosen, former acting deputy minister Richard Donoghue and Steven Engel, a senior official in the ministry, will be the witnesses of this fifth hearing.
The commission will look into Mr. Trump’s pressure on the department to officially declare the election rigged and to launch federal lawsuits parallel to those launched by the president’s lawyers.
She will also return to the tensions within the ministry in the days preceding January 6, 2021, when the defeated president had faced an internal revolt while trying to install one of his relatives at the head of the institution.
Mr Rosen was appointed after the resignation of Minister Bill Barr in December 2020, but found himself at the center of efforts by Trump who, to cling to power after his election defeat, wanted to install Jeffrey Clark.
This mid-level official, who had adopted the theories pushed by the president on a rigged election, was to annul the conclusions of the ministry which had found no evidence of fraud that could have changed the outcome of the November ballot.
Jeffrey Clark was also to intervene on behalf of the ministry to refuse to certify the result of the election in the key state of Georgia, where Joe Biden had won with only 12,000 votes in advance.
But Jeffrey Rosen, Richard Donoghue, Steven Engel and White House attorney Pat Cipollone threatened to resign during a meeting with Donald Trump on Jan. 3, warning they would take top federal prosecutors across the country with them. .
Bill Barr, yet a faithful of Donald Trump, considered in his testimony before the commission that the allegations of electoral fraud were “nonsense” expressed by a man “detached from reality”.
The commission of inquiry announced on Wednesday that two additional sessions would take place in July.
The Congress interrupts its work on July 4 for two weeks.
“The commission continues to receive new evidence which is important for the investigation”, explained a parliamentary source.
In particular, she wants to watch hours of film by documentary filmmaker Alex Holder, who had had access to Mr. Trump and his relatives, before and after January 6.
After a year of investigation, the commission wants to present its conclusions before the end of the summer, placing Donald Trump at the heart of “an attempted coup” which culminated in the assault of hundreds of his supporters on the Congress building in Washington on January 6, 2021, as elected officials certify Joe Biden’s victory.
The images of chaos in and around the Capitol had gone around the world and shaken American democracy for a few hours.