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Trump pressure on the U.S. Department of Justice, the focus of the January 6 hearing

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Richard Cowan and Moira Warburton

Washington — Donald Trump's failure to pressure Judiciary officials to overturn the 2020 election defeat The attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, which will be the topic of Thursday's US Capitol hearing investigating his supporters.

Hearing is set to start at 3:00 pm. The EDT (1900 GMT) was argued on January 3, 2021 that then President Trump could dismiss Deputy Attorney Jeffrey Rosen and replace him with avid Trump supporter Jeffrey Clark. Sometimes I take the general public to the White House.

Rosen will testify at a special committee of the US House of Representatives with former Deputy Attorney-General Richard Donohue and former Assistant Attorney Steven Engel.

Justice ministry officials said in some states, such as Arizona and Georgia, against Democrat Joe Biden, even if Biden was the winner of these contests, according to Commission aides. He was asked to take steps to encourage him to design Trump's victory.

At the fifth Thursday hearing this month, Trump "used the Justice Department for his personal needs" during the decline of his presidency after January 20, 2021. Also consider how to maintain power. , Said the Commission's aide.

For over a year, the panel has Trump and his companions at events leading up to the January 6 attack on the Capitol, which Congress was supposed to officially prove. Biden's victory has been investigated for the role played by.

In a fierce speech outside the White House that day, Trump talked about the need to overturn his election defeat. His angry supporters fought against the Capitol, injuring dozens of police officers and running lawmakers and then Vice President Mike Pence for their lives.

On the day of the attack, four people were killed, one was fatally shot by police and the other died of natural cause. About 140 police officers were injured and one who fought the riot died the next day. After that, four officers committed suicide.

Nearly 850 people were arrested for riot-related crimes. These include more than 250 people charged with assault or obstruction of law enforcement.

Trump blamed his defeat on widespread fraud, but dozens of courts, state election authorities, and members of Trump's own administration rejected his claim. He testified that witnesses had told Trump a lot.

Trump has repeatedly suggested that he may run for president again in 2024. president.

According to aides, they are pressured by justice ministry officials to publicly state that there was an election fraud, and to file a proceeding for or with Trump re-election. I testify that I was prompted by. A campaign to challenge the election results.

The hearing highlights how several Republican executives from the Justice Department resisted the Trump-led pressure campaign.

Testimony erroneously claimed that Clark drafted a letter to Georgian parliamentarians shortly after the 2020 election and the department discovered concerns that could have affected the outcome of the election. Expected to show that.

The letter urged the Legislature to convene a special session to overturn the election results, but Rosen and Donohue refused to send it.

Clark makes little public statement about President Trump's actions in the last few weeks. On Twitter earlier this year, he called himself "one of the top targets of the politically motivated J6 Commission."

(Report by Richard Cowan and Moira Warburton, edited by Scott Malone and Howard Goller)