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Live coverage Thursday’s January 6 committee hearing

A video is played as an exhibit as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2022.

Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via AP, Pool

A video is played as an exhibit as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2022.

The January 6 committee will hold its fifth hearing today at 3 p.m. focused on former President Donald Trump pressuring the Justice Department to support his election fraud claims.

Former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows turned over to the committee text messages between him and Pennsylvania Congressman Scott Perry

In the text messages, Perry encouraged Meadows to talk to Jeffrey Clark, an assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice who was sympathetic to Trump’s plan to overturn the 2020 election. The two planned to advocate for Clark’s promotion to attorney general. A U.S. Senate report said Clark planned to say the DOJ was investigating Georgia’s election results, despite no evidence to warrant a probe.

Congresswoman Liz Cheney, vice chair of the select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack,  said in her opening remarks on June 9 that Perry and other Republicans sought presidential pardons for their roles in trying to overturn the election.

A spokesperson for Perry called the notion of Perry asking for a pardon a “soulless lie.”

The committee is expected to call the following witnesses at today’s hearing:

  • • 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

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