Trump Raises Jan 6 Commission as DOJ Officials Outline Conspiracies

Former President Donald Trump posted angry messages on his social media platform as the Jan. 6 House committee set its sights on the former president’s efforts to use the Justice Department to undermine the 2020 election.

Trump took to his Truth Social network Thursday to continue reiterating repeatedly debunked allegations of widespread voter fraud as the national-level hearing unfolded. The commission heard from three senior Justice Department officials who described their resistance to pressure from the former president to use the ministry’s authority to challenge the election results.

Gathered last year to investigate the causes of the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol uprising, the investigation has turned its attention to how Trump and members of his inner circle tried to prevent Congress from revealing the results of the 2020 presidential election. certified.

The committee held its first nationwide hearing earlier this month in which it set out its findings.

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Former President Donald Trump reacted angrily on Thursday to accusations by former members of his Department of Justice that he was trying to undermine the election. Trump appears on a screen during the fourth January 6 inquiry hearing held at the Cannon House Office Building on June 21, 2022 in Washington, D.C.
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Representative Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, presided over the fifth televised hearing on Thursday, saying in his opening remarks that Trump falsely pressured the Justice Department leadership to “say the election was ‘corrupt,’ and ‘the left to me and the Republican congressman’. .'”

“As you will hear today, the top leadership of the department refused,” Kinzinger said. “Not surprisingly, President Trump did not accept no for an answer.”

Trump appeared to be taking a swipe at Kinzinger, one of the two Republicans on the committee.

“Has there ever been a time in Congress where a member is allowed to read, without any cross-examination of any kind, lengthy and often lying statements, not from notes or other papers, BUT FROM A TELEPHONE?” Trump said in a Truth Social post. “This is a Kangaroo Court like we’ve never seen it in this country!”

Cross-examination is a procedure for questioning witnesses in a civil or criminal trial.

After the 2020 presidential election, former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr previously told the commission that he rejected the then president’s insistence on voter fraud as “bulls**t” and resigned.

Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who succeeded Barr, reminded the committee that Trump was “disgruntled” that the Justice Department had not done enough to substantiate his claims of voter fraud.

Rosen also said in his testimony that Trump wanted the Justice Department to confiscate voting machines from state governments, assuming they contained evidence of fraud. However, Rosen said the department did not have the legal authority to do so and the department saw “nothing inappropriate” with the machines.

Meanwhile, Trump derided the committee as “deselects,” rejecting its official designation as a select House committee, and saying they were ignoring evidence of voter fraud.

“They refuse to go there, they want it all CANCELLED because it would be IMPOSSIBLE for the Unselect Committee to refute or challenge what would be presented to them or the American public,” Trump said.

Trump challenged the commission to “LET US TURN ON THE EVIDENCE STATE BY STATE”. He also reiterated his claim of “mass filling of ballots”.

Trump’s claims of voter fraud have been rejected by more than 50 courts, including the Supreme Court, and refuted by multiple audits and members of his own administration.

news week contacted House Committee spokesman Tim Mulvey.

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