3 former DOJ officials to testify in the next Jan. 6 hearing
Three former officials with the Department of Justice will be witnesses at the Jan. 6 hearing next Wednesday, according to a new letter sent to the Jan. 6 committee.
Why it matters: The officials will discuss former President Trump's efforts to use the Justice Department as a weapon to stay in power, the New York Times writes.
Driving the news: Attorney Reginald Brown wrote in a letter to the Jan. 6 select committee that the following three officials have been authorized to testify on a panel:
- Former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen
- Former Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue
- Former Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel
The Jan. 6 select committee did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.
- The committee said it would argue that Trump tried to install loyalists into the DOJ so it would "support his fake election claims."
Context: Axios previously reported that Trump and his allies pushed senior Justice Department officials to challenge the results of the 2020 election.
- Trump reportedly sent Rosen "talking points" about debunked election fraud claims in Michigan.
- Donough reportedly sent the same documents to U.S. attorneys for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.