Over the course of the next several weeks, (and likely months), our nation will be inundated with hearing after hearing, attempting to get to the bottom of just what happened on January 6th, 2021, and why.
The Democrats who’ve instigated the “select committee” on January 6th have insisted, time and again, that their probe into the events will be non-partisan – a claim that many in the GOP are having trouble believing.
Furthermore, the Republican Party has consistently suggested that the left is simply trying to perform a “redo” of President Trump’s second impeachment trial, in which he was acquitted on accusations of “inciting” the insurrection that took place at the Capitol.
This week, the DOJ appeared to suggest that it would not stop the committee from requesting the presence of Trump administration officials at these hearings.
Former Trump administration officials can testify to Congress about Donald Trump’s role in the deadly January attack on the Capitol and his efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election, the justice department (DoJ) has said in a letter obtained by the Guardian.
The move by the justice department to decline to assert executive privilege for Trump’s acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, clears the path for other top former officials to also testify to congressional committees investigating the Capitol attack without fear of repercussions.
The justice department authorized witnesses to appear specifically before the two committees. But a DoJ official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters, said they expected that approval to extend to the 6 January select committee that began proceedings on Tuesday.
Furthermore, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, (one of two Republicans who are serving on the committee), suggested in her opening statement on Tuesday that she has no problem focusing on the Trump White House’s actions during the event itself.
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