Jan. 6 hearing to shed light on Trump’s pressure on the DOJ and plans to replace attorney general

Trump’s presidential pardon will be heard, the chairman said

US Representative Benny Thompson, chairman of the House Committee investigating the Capitol riots, attends a House Select Committee hearing to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 13, 2022 speak during ,

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Committee chairman Benny Thompson, D-Miss, said late Wednesday that the fifth public hearing would include “some conversation about forgiveness.”

Vice Chairman Liz Cheney, R-Vy., noted in an earlier hearing that “several other Republican congressmen also apologized to the president for their roles in attempting to reverse the 2020 election.”

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

Thompson declined to name any other apology lawmakers Wednesday night. “You must come for the hearing,” he told reporters.

Thompson also said the committee could hold seven more hearings than originally announced. “We can do eight, nine or ten. A lot depends on what we come up with,” he said.

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GOP Representative Kizinger details death threats against him and his family

US Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) attends the inaugural public hearing of the US House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol on Capitol Hill on June 9, 2022 in Washington, US.

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Representative Adam Kizinger, one of the two Republicans on the select committee, said threats and harassment targeted at him, his family and other members of the panel are “constant” and increasing.

Kinzinger posted a screenshot on Twitter on Sunday of what appeared to be handwritten death threats, which the Congressman said were “addressed to my wife, sent to my home, endangering my family’s life.”

“Darkness is spreading courtesy of cowardly leaders who fear the truth,” Kizinger tweeted.

Kinzinger told CNN on Wednesday that he “received another message last night, threatening to hang,” adding that it is now “normal.”

Congressman’s involvement in the January 6 investigation and regular criticism of Trump have made him an untouchable among many Republicans. He said he shared the death threats to point to the “confusion” surrounding the politically charged investigation, adding that “there are people who literally fall for this idea of ​​killing a five-month-old baby.” Will come along because you disagree with me being on the 6th January Committee.”

“We have security, we have raised our security posture,” Kizinger said. “We’re going to move on, and it’s not going to hinder us and it’s not going to scare us.”

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The committee has pushed back several hearings

This afternoon’s hearing at the DOJ was originally scheduled for last week, but it was adjourned without clear explanation,

On Wednesday, the committee announced that it was also pushing back its last two public hearings. from June to July,

President Representative Benny Thompson, D-Miss, suggested Wednesday that new evidence obtained by the committee prompted the scheduling changes. A select committee aide told CNBC that the panel “continues to obtain additional evidence relevant to our investigation” into the Capitol riot, and that it will announce dates and times for a final hearing “soon.”

That new evidence reportedly includes never-before-seen documentary footage of a filmmaker who had access to Trump and his family before and after the riots. Investigators continue to seek cooperation from key witnesses, including former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Ginny Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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