Rep. Kinzinger will lead Jan. 6 committee hearing Thursday focusing on Donald Trump’s Justice Department moves

Hearing is the first led by Kinzinger

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., listens as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 16, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger will lead the next Jan. 6 House committee hearing and questioning focusing on the Justice Department moves of former president Donald Trump.

The hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday is the fifth from the panel and it will present Trump’s attempts to influence the Justice Department to help him overturn the election, said committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi.

Kinzinger, R-Channahon, is one of two Republicans on the Jan. 6 panel, joining Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming. The committee scheduled seven hearings to make the connection between Trump’s voter fraud conspiracy claims and the Capitol riot.

Kinzinger has not led any of the committee hearings or questioning to this point. Former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen; former acting deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue; and former assistant attorney general Steven Engel are expected to testify Thursday.

This hearing was originally scheduled for last week, but it was postponed to “space out hearings,” Kinzinger said.

After Thursday, the committee will resume hearings in July, Thompson said.

Watch live on the committee’s YouTube page