Trump : The Department of Justice has officially denied that it has granted the right to administer with possible evidence of at least some witnesses to the January 6 Capitol attack, a person who was briefed on the matter.
The ruling paves the way for some Justice Department officials to testify to what they saw in the turbulent days between President Donald Trump’s election defeat in November and early January when he tried to use the Department of Justice and other means to spread false claims that he had won. Among those who could be witnesses when a special select committee investigating the violence is expected to seek evidence is Jeffrey Rosen, who acted as attorney general in late December until the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
Rosen and other Justice officials were at the center of Trump’s pressure campaign with other White House officials to support his allegations of vote fraud. Frustrated that the Department of Justice had not received any evidence of fraud, Trump considered replacing Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, another Justice Department official who had shown support for fraud claims. Rosen and a group of senior Justice officials are ready to resign if Clark is appointed as attorney general.
The decision of the Department of Justice applies to former employees of the Act. Other witnesses who may have a committee they would like to hear from, such as White House executives, may be at a different level under administrative authority.
House Oversight and Senate Judiciary committees had asked the department to allow other former officials to testify against their involvement with Trump and other White House officials, the letter said. The [elected committee investigating Capitol violence may require similar evidence.
“The dramatic events, in this case, create an environment conducive to Congress in this regard,” said a letter from Bradley Weinsheimer, the deputy attorney general.
The move is one of two political issues facing Attorney-General Merrick Garland this week. Later on Tuesday, the Department of Justice is facing a deadline to tell the judge whether it plans to protect Ms. Mo Brooks, a defendant in court filed by Attorney Eric Swallwell on a Brooks meeting speech that would ignite a crowd that supported Trump before the Capitol attack on January 6.
Brooks argued that the Department of Justice should take up arms because he was working as a member of Congress in a political rally.
Some liberals have been criticizing Garland for his efforts to reinstate the Department of Justice’s institutional procedures, which include compliance with certain Trump-era decisions made by the department. Among those: The Department of Justice continued to defend the former President in a court set up by E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of sexually abusing him and accusing the former President of insults