Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. gave a closing statement on June 21 during a public hearing before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. He said the election officials and workers who gave testimony on Tuesday’s hearing “represent the backbone of our democracy.”
Thompson said that Thursday’s hearing will focus on how former President Donald Trump attempted “to corrupt the country’s top law enforcement body, the Justice Department” and that Trump “was also the driving force behind the effort to corrupt the Justice Department.”
A clip was also played from former deputy acting Attorney General Richard Donoghue who said he would “resign immediately” if Jeff Rosen, then-acting attorney general, was replaced by Jeff Clark, a Justice Department official who was reportedly part of the effort undermine the 2020 election. Thompson said more will be heard from Donaghue during the upcoming hearing on June 23.
Tuesday’s hearing was the fourth of several planned by the Jan. 6 committee to present its findings to the public. It focused on Trump’s efforts to pressure state legislators and local election officials to change the results of the 2020 presidential election. In the year since its creation, the committee has conducted more than 1,000 interviews, seeking critical information and documents from people witness to, or involved in, the violence that day.