On January 6, the commission intends to investigate Trump’s meddling in the Department of Justice

“[D]during my tenure, we did not appoint special prosecutors; did not send letters to states or state legislators challenging election results; and made no public statements that the elections were corrupt and should be canceled,” Rosen says in his written statement to the elected commission obtained by POLITICO. “We have not initiated any action in the Supreme Court, nor have we filed or joined any other lawsuits, calling into question the legitimacy of our elections and institutions.

The three are also expected to speak with Representative Scott Perry (R-Pennsylvania) about working with Trump and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to appoint Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark to head the department. Clark was prepared to send a Justice Department-sponsored letter to several states urging them to convene their legislatures and consider appointing new electors who would support Trump.

Rosen and his allies feared that the Justice Department’s authorization of these efforts would destabilize the country and increase public distrust of the election results.

Trump’s DOJ plots culminated in a fateful meeting in the Oval Office on January 3, 2021, with three DOJ leaders threatening to resign, causing Trump to drop his plan to appoint Clark as acting attorney general.

The select committee is expected to use Thursday’s hearing to refine evidence it teased in its first hearing on June 9: Several of Trump’s allies, including Perry, have asked for clemency for their part in Trump’s efforts to stay in power. Perry, chairman of the pro-Trump faction at Freedom House, denied making any such requests.

The Jan. 6 panel already showed an email from lawyer John Eastman, one of the key architects of Trump’s drive to stay in office, asking him to be put on Trump’s “pardon list”. Committee members also indicated that other Republicans in Congress have asked for clemency, and House Chairman Benny Thompson (D-Miss) told reporters Wednesday that there would be “talks” about clemency for GOP lawmakers during Thursday’s hearing.

In court documents related to its investigation, the committee found text messages between Perry and Meadows in which Perry urged Meadows to promote Clark in the DOJ as quickly as possible. They also discussed a potential replacement for Clark. The Select Committee also received testimony that Meadows burned some papers in his office after meeting with Perry in those crucial weeks after the election.

The Select Committee may also focus on defending the post-election Department of Justice then-Vice President Mike Pence from a lawsuit from Rep. Louis Gomert (R-Tex.) and several false Trump supporters voters. The group has filed a lawsuit against Pence in federal court seeking a ruling that would increase pressure on Pence to assert the power to reject Joe Biden’s electors.

The Justice Department’s defense of Pence was the only election-related litigation during those tumultuous weeks. The lawsuit also forced Pence to publicly confront, for the first time, Trump’s attempts to pressure him to single-handedly cancel the election.

Homert’s lawsuit was dismissed by the circuit and appeals courts, and the Supreme Court dismissed it as moot after January 6.

Betsy Woodruff Swan contributed to this report.

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