5 things to know Thursday

FifthJan. 6 committee hearing to dig into Trump’s DOJ dealings

During its fifth hearing Thursday, the Jan. 6 House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol will focus on another way former President Donald Trump allegedly tried to hold onto power: an attempt to appoint a Justice Department leader who was sympathetic to his election fraud claims. The committee’s chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said Tuesday the committee will present evidence about Trump’s attempt to engage the DOJ in his plan. Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., will present details about Trump’s plan to scramble the DOJ to appoint people who would support his bid to subvert the election results. Former Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen, former Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue and Steven Engel, the former assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, are all scheduled to testify. The hearing, which will begin at 3 p.m. ET, will be livestreamed on USA TODAY. Past hearings have been televised on C-SPAN and cable news networks.

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