US lawmakers probing the Capitol attacks of January 2021 on Thursday focused on how former President Donald Trump, in his final weeks in the Oval Office, tried to install a loyalist atop the Justice Department in an illegal attempt to stay in power.
At this month’s fifth pubic hearing, the House of Representatives panel investigating the causes of the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 described Trump’s pressure on officials to augment his false claims that his presidency had been stolen by widespread voter fraud.
“Donald Trump didn’t just want the Justice Department to investigate. He wanted the Justice Department to help legitimize his lies, to baselessly call the election corrupt,” committee chairman Bennie Thompson said.
Trump sought to replace Acting Attorney…