Lofgren says committee will focus on ‘pressure campaign’ against Pence, Aguilar will lead hearing
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., gave a brief preview to the press pool of today’s hearing.
She said the hearing will focus on the “pressure campaign that was directed towards the Vice President in an effort to get him to unconstitutionally overturn the results of the election and instead, install fake electors…”
She said that Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., will be the lead member in the hearing, and said, “I know he’s going to do a fabulous job.”
Committee may take closer look at Ginni Thomas’ role in pressuring Pence
Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, may see greater attention from the Jan. 6 committee after it reportedly obtained email correspondence between Thomas and lawyer John Eastman — who was involved in the effort to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to block the certification of the election results.
The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that emails show that Thomas’ efforts to overturn the election were “more extensive than previously known” and that the committee is considering whether to spend more time in the public hearings exploring her role in the efforts to dispute and challenge the election results.
Eastman was ordered last week to turn over more documents to the committee by a federal judge — he had tried to block the release, saying they were privileged.
Such discussion may lead more Democrats to demand that the conservative Justice recuse himself from any case related to election and Jan. 6.
Thursday’s hearing to focus on Trump’s pressure on Pence to overturn electoral college votes
The Jan. 6 Select Committee is set to hold its third public hearing Thursday, during which testimony is expected to focus on the role former President Donald Trump and others had in attempting to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the results of the Electoral College.
The hearing is expected to feature two witnesses – Greg Jacob, who served as counsel to Pence, and former judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit J. Michael Luttig, who served as Pence’s informal adviser.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chair of the committee, tweeted out a preview of Thursday’s hearing, saying testimony will focus on Trump’s collaboration with attorney John Eastman.
“The select committee will examine President Trump’s relentless effort on January 6 and in the days beforehand to pressure Vice President Pence to refuse to count lawful electoral votes,” she said in the video, saying it likely violated two federal criminal statutes.
Select committee aides told Fox News Wednesday afternoon: “Tomorrow’s hearing is going to focus on former President Trump’s attempt to pressure the former Vice President Pence and unilaterally change the result of the election with a joint session of Congress on January 6.”
Thursday’s hearing comes after the first two public hearings held by the committee, which set the stage for the panel’s main arguments. The committee postponed a previously scheduled hearing set for Wednesday, citing “technical issues.”
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