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The congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters is expected to continue to focus on the former president's pressure campaign to overturn the 2020 presidential election results, with Thursday's hearing to look at his efforts to pressure the Justice Department.

Three top officials who led the department in the final days of the Trump administration will testify. According to reports, part of the testimony will include how Trump considered replacing the acting attorney general with an official who bought into his claims of fraud. Former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, former acting deputy AG Richard Donoghue and head of the Office of Legal Counsel Steven Engel will take the stand.

On Tuesday, state election officials recounted how Trump supporters threatened them and their families after they refused to help the former president overturn his 2020 election defeat.

It was the fourth of at least five public hearings the nine-member Select Committee is holding this month on its nearly yearlong investigation of the attack on the Capitol by thousands of Trump supporters as Vice President Mike Pence met with members of Congress to formally certify Trump's defeat by Democrat Joe Biden.

"We received ... in excess of 20,000 emails and tens of thousands of voice mails and texts, which saturated our offices, and we were unable to work, at least communicate," Arizona House of Representatives Speaker Rusty Bowers told the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol.

Another witness who testified is a Georgia election worker who, along with her mother, said they've faced severe public harassment from Trump allies.

After the hearings, the committee says its investigation will continue and panel members will eventually have to decide whether they have found criminal activity and if so, whether they should refer it to the Justice Department. The department, which is conducting its own investigation, could take or leave the recommendation.

According to reports, Thursday's hearing is expected to be its last for June, with at least two expected to now take place in July. Committee aides declined to reportedly say if further hearings could take place.

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