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During its fifth hearing on its findings Thursday, the Jan. 6 committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol will focus on another way former President Donald Trump allegedly tried to hold onto power: an attempt to appoint a Justice Department leader who was sympathetic to his election fraud claims.

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In closing statements Tuesday, the committee’s chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said the committee will present evidence about Trump’s attempt to engage the Justice Department in his plan.

"On Thursday, we’ll hear about another part of that scheme: His attempt to corrupt the country’s top law enforcement body – the Justice Department – to support his attempt to overturn the election," Thompson said.

Testimony during Tuesday’s hearing showed the Trump team’s failed efforts to convince election officials to recount or "find" other votes for Trump in their states, or to consider sending a roster of false electors that supported the ex-president.

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