Today’s January 6th hearing will focus on Donald Trump’s pressure on the Department of Justice to overturn the 2020 election. We’ve got it streaming after the jump.
The committee plans to outline several ways in which Trump pressured the DOJ and tried to use it for his own personal agenda.
Committee aides said in a call with reporters that the hearing will lay out how Trump wanted the DOJ to publicly state there was election fraud. More testimony from Barr and other officials is expected.
The committee will also show how Trump asked the DOJ to file lawsuits with his campaign on behalf of his election fraud claims. He also pressured the DOJ to appoint a special counsel to look into his claims and he wanted it to issue letters to states to question the sanctity of their elections.
Thursday's hearing will also detail a Jan. 3 meeting in the Oval Office between Trump and senior DOJ officials as the former president tried to place Clark as the head of the department.
The witnesses, according to the committee:
- Jeffrey A. Rosen, Former Acting Attorney General
- Richard Donoghue, Former Acting Deputy Attorney General
- Steven Engel, Former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel
The hearing begins at 3 PM EDT.
Below is an MSNBC preview of the hearings. Underneath is the live stream (beginning in a few hours). Feel free to post your thoughts and observations in our comments section, underneath the videos.
I am, however, truly depressed by today’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. If Trumpians ever get back into power, this may well be only the first in a long series of reversals of individual and collective human rights, effectively ending America’s centuries-long democracy, however imperfect. As there is precedent for the reversal of rights laid down in the Bill of Rights (i.e. prohibition) they may turn their attention to other rights like the vote for women (art. XIX) given that the Declaration of Independence refers only to “men”; equal rights for non-white citizens (Art.XV); abolition of slavery (Art. XIII); protection of the citizenship rights of anybody “born or naturalised” in the USA (art. XIV), including LGBT-Q, blacks/coloured/browns etc. etc.
Even the procedures for electing the President, Vice-President, etc. would be vulnerable to the sort of changes that Trump and his followers clearly wanted to introduce after losing the 2020 election.