Jan. 6 committee hearing today will focus on Trump's attempt to influence the Justice Department — watch live

Jan. 6 committee hearing today will focus on Trump's attempt to influence the Justice Department — watch live

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol focused Thursday's hearing on the efforts of then-President Donald Trump and former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark to pressure the department to help overturn the 2020 election results. Trump wanted to fire acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen — who had just taken over in December 2020, after Attorney General Bill Barr's resignation became official — and to replace him with Clark, an environmental lawyer who had never prosecuted a criminal case. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who led the questioning Thursday, said Clark's only qualification was that "he would do whatever the president wanted him to do." Installing Clark and the pressure campaign on the Justice Department amounted to "essentially a political coup," committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson said. In …
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