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Kinzinger Leads January 6th Committee Hearing Focused on Pressure Campaign on Department of Justice

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Washington, DC, June 23, 2022 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) led the January 6th hearing that focused on the pressure campaign by former President Donald Trump on the Department of Justice to overturn the 2020 election results.
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Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) led the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol hearing that focused on the pressure campaign by former President Donald Trump on the Department of Justice to overturn the 2020 election results. The hearing focused on the weeks leading up to January 6, 2021 and the former President’s determination to stay in power, no matter what—even if it meant breaking the law.

The witnesses at today’s hearing each served in the Trump Administration in the months preceding January 6, 2021: Mr. Jeffrey Rosen, who served as Deputy Attorney General until taking over as Acting Attorney General in December 2020; Mr. Steven Engel, who served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel until January 2021; and Mr. Richard Donoghue, who served as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General under Rosen until becoming the Acting Deputy Attorney General after 14 years of service in the Department of Justice.

The full video of today’s hearing can be found on the Committee’s YouTube page here, and excerpts of the Congressman’s opening and closing remarks—as written—can be found below.

Opening:

“Today’s hearing is focused on the President’s efforts to corrupt the Department of Justice.”

“The President cannot and must not use the Department to serve his own personal interests. And he must not use its people to do his political bidding, especially when what he wants them to do is subvert democracy. The president cannot pervert justice nor the law to maintain his power. Justice must, both in fact and law, be blind. That is critical to our whole system of self-governance.

“The President and his allies became keenly aware that, with legal challenges exhausted and electoral votes certified, their only hope would be a last-ditch scheme to prevent Congress from certifying the win, thus throwing the system into constitutional chaos. 

Even if Department of Justice senior leaders refused to cooperate with his scheme, the President hoped the Department would come around and sow enough doubt to empower Members of Congress to take action. If the Department could just lend its credibility to the conspiracies, politicians would have the justification they needed to spread the Big Lie.”

“Today, President Trump’s total disregard for the Constitution and his oath will be fully exposed.”

Closing:

“From the Oval Office, President Trump urged others to bring his big lie to life. He begged: ‘Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.’ He didn’t care what the Department’s investigations proved. What good were facts when they only confirmed his loss? And it’s no surprise that all the far-out, fully fabricated, whack job conspiracy theories collapsed under even the slightest scrutiny. That insanity went from its invention, right up to the highest levels of government in mere minutes.

The bottom line? The most senior leadership of the Justice Department, from Attorney General Bill Barr to Jeff Rosen, his successor, and his Deputy, Rich Donoghue – you heard from them today – everyone except Jeff Clark was telling President Trump the very same thing: The conspiracy theories were false. The allegations of a stolen election were a lie. The data left no room for doubt, nothing to question. And the Constitution left no room for President Trump to change the outcome of the election.

But we’re here today because the facts were irrelevant to President Trump. … In short, he was willing to sacrifice our republic to prolong his presidency. I can imagine no more dishonorable act by a President

We owe a great debt of gratitude to these gentlemen you’ve heard from here today – real leaders who stood for Justice when it was in grave peril, who put their country first when the leader of the free world demanded otherwise. They threatened to resign rather than corrupt our democracy. Thanks largely to each of them, President Trump’s coup failed.”

The full opening and closing remarks, as written, made by Congressman Kinzinger in today’s hearing can be found attached and on the Congressman’s website here.

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