Jan. 6 hearing to spotlight Trump’s pressure on DOJ and plan to replace attorney general

Barr says he shudders to think of what would have happened to the United States if he hadn’t pushed back against Trump’s election fraud allegations

Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is seen on video during his deposition for the open hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 9, 2022.

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Former Trump attorney general William Barr told the committee he was pleased to have been able to say he “did not believe there was fraud” in the 2020 election.

It was “really important in moving things forward,” Barr told investigators in an interview clip played during the hearing.

He said he shudders to think of what would have happened if the GM hadn’t conducted his own investigation. “I’m not sure we would have had a transition at all,” he said.

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Clark’s letter to Georgia legislature described as ‘murder-suicide pact’

Video of former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue speaking is played on a screen during the fifth public hearing of the United States House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, on June 23, 2022.

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Clark co-wrote a December 2020 letter he planned to send to the Georgia legislature, saying the DOJ had found “significant concerns” that could have affected the outcome of the election.

The letter’s claims were a “lie,” Cheney said after posting a screenshot of the letter. Clark had no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could have swayed the outcome of the race, but he knew what Trump wanted him to do, Cheney said.

Had the letter been published on DOJ letterhead, “it would have falsely informed all Americans … that President Trump’s voter fraud allegations were likely very real,” Cheney said.

Former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue said White House attorney Pat Cipollone told him, “You know, this letter this guy wants to send, this letter is a murder pact -suicide, it will harm all who touch it.”

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‘There’s a lot more to come’ from Jan. 6 survey, says Cheney

Committee Vice Chair U.S. Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) delivers her opening statement during the open hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the 6 January against the United States Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States on June 9, 2022.

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Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said the committee had a lot more evidence to reveal in its investigation into the Capitol riot.

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

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

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Trump wanted DOJ to ‘help legitimize his lies’, says Thompson

Former President Donald Trump appears on screen during the House Select Committee’s fourth hearing to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol at the Cannon House office building on June 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Trump wanted the Justice Department to actively help him in his effort to overturn the 2020 election results, Thompson said at the start of the hearing.

“Trump didn’t just want the Justice Department to investigate. He wanted the Justice Department to help him legitimize his election lies. To call the corrupt election groundless. To appoint a special counsel to investigate the frauds. To send a letter to six state legislatures urging them to consider altering the election results,” Thompson said.

When those efforts failed, Trump sought to replace then-serving 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 campaign efforts

Jeff Clark, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, September 14, 2020.

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Federal agents searched the Virginia residence of former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark on Wednesday morning, multiple media reported.

Clark, a former Justice Department environmental lawyer, played a public role in Trump’s bid to nullify the 2020 election. The commission plans to examine his involvement during its hearing on Thursday afternoon. . The panel plans to show how Trump wanted to install Clark as acting attorney general as part of his plan to undo Biden’s 2020 election victory.

ABC News, which reported on activity at Clark’s home in Lorton, Va., earlier Thursday, quoted a neighbor who said he saw FBI agents entering and leaving the residence.

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

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

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The hearing will focus on Trump’s presidential pardons, the president says

U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Committee to Investigate the Capitol Riot, speaks during a hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol , at the Cannon House office building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 13, 2022.

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Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said Wednesday night that the fifth public hearing will include “conversations about pardons.”

Vice President Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., noted at an earlier hearing that “several other Republican congressmen have also sought presidential clemency for their role in attempting to void the 2020 election.”

She called Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., who allegedly tried to install Clark, a pro-Trump DOJ official, as acting attorney general, and refused to testify before the committee.

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

Thompson also said the committee could hold more than the seven hearings originally announced. “We can do eight, nine or ten. It all depends on what we offer,” he said.

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GOP Representative Kinzinger details death threats against him and his family

U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) participates in the opening public hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, on the Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, 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 increased.

Kinzinger posted a screenshot to Twitter on Sunday showing a handwritten death threat, which the congressman said was “directed to my wife, sent to my home, threatening the lives of my family.”

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

Kinzinger told CNN on Wednesday that he received another message “last night, threatening execution,” saying it now seems like “the normal thing.”

The congressman’s participation in the Jan. 6 inquiry and regular criticism of Trump have made him an outcast among many Republicans. He said he shared the death threat to highlight the “depravity” swirling around the politically charged investigation, decrying “there are people who would literally think of killing a five-month-old child because you disagree with me being on the January 6 committee.

“We have security, we have strengthened our security posture,” Kinzinger said. “We’re going to move on, and it’s not going to hinder us and it’s not going to intimidate us.”

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The committee postponed several hearings

This afternoon’s DOJ hearing was originally scheduled for last week, but was postponed without a clear explanation.

On Wednesday, the commission announced that it was also postponing its last two public hearings from June to July.

The president’s representative Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., suggested Wednesday that new evidence received by the committee prompted the schedule changes. A select committee aide told CNBC that the panel “continues to receive additional evidence relevant to our investigation” into the Capitol riot, and will announce dates and times for final hearings “soon”.

This new evidence would include never-before-seen documentary footage from a filmmaker who had access to Trump and his family before and after the riot. Investigators also continue to seek the cooperation of key witnesses, including former White House attorney Pat Cipollone and Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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