What to Expect From the Fifth Jan. 6 Committee Hearing

What to Expect From the Fifth Jan. 6 Committee Hearing

. DThe House Jan. 6 committee has spent nearly a year interviewing hundreds of witnesses and combing through thousands of pages of documents in an effort to piece together the particulars of the Trump administration’s scheme to overturn the 2020 election results, culminating with the attack on the Capitol. The committee has so far hosted three televised hearings, covering the viciousness of the riot and how Trump inspired it, how the Big Lie that the election was stolen took root, the former president’s pressure campaign to get Mike Pence to illegally block the certification of the Electoral College, and the push to get states to go along with the scheme.

The fifth, to be held Thursday, will center around Trump’s effort to corrupt the Justice Department into aiding his attempt to overturn the election. Here’s everything you need to know:

How to Watch the Jan. 6 Committee Hearing

The fifth hearing will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET. It will air on all major broadcast and cable news networks. Want to stream the Jan. 6 committee hearing online? The hearing can be streamed on the committee’s YouTube page. You can also find a live stream of the Jan. 6 hearings on the streaming service Peacock (part of the NBCUniversal family).

The committee hearings are very much made for TV. The panel even hired former ABC News president James Goldston to help dramatize the proceedings. The massive number of viewers who tuned in for the first hearing last Thursday indicate the strategy is working.

Who Is Testifying During the Jan. 6 Committee Hearing?

Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said on Tuesday that Thursday’s hearing will focus on Trump’s effort “to corrupt the country’s top law enforcement body, the Justice Department, to support his attempt to overturn the election.”

Here are the witnesses:

  • Jeffrey Rosen: Rosen is the former acting attorney general who took over the Justice Department when William Barr resigned in Dec. 2020. Trump pressured Rosen to declare the election stolen, but, like Barr, refused to buy into the Big Lie. Trump then tried to replace Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, prompting other DOJ officials to threaten to resign.
  • Richard Donoghue: Donoghue is the former acting deputy attorney general, and one of the officials who threatened to resign if Trump replaced Rosen with Clark. Donoghue also took detailed notes of the late-Dec. phone call in which Trump pressured Rosen to call the election corrupt. The committee is in possession of those notes.
  • Steven Engel: Engel is the former assistant attorney general for the office of legal counsel. He joined Donoghue in making clear that all of the assistant attorney generals would resign if Trump replaced Rosen with Clark.

When Is the next Jan. 6 Committee Hearing?

Thompson said on Wednesday that Thursday’s hearing will be the last of the month and that hearings will resume in July, as the panel has received new evidence and needs to reassess it’s strategy. “We just need to catch our breath, go through the new evidence and then incorporate it into the hearings,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told CNN.

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