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The Jan. 6 committee's fifth public hearing will convene at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday for another day of testimony from key witnesses, as the panel continues to lay out its case for former President Trump's culpability in the attack on the Capitol.

Why it matters: Thursday's hearing will showcase Trump's attempts to pressure the Justice Department into supporting his plan to overturn the 2020 election.

What to expect: Three former senior DOJ officials in the Trump administration will testify about Trump's pressure campaign in the months after the election.

Former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey RosenFormer Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard DonoghueFormer Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel Steven Engel

Committee aides say the hearing will highlight how Trump was "trying to misuse the department to advance his own agenda to stay in power at the end of his term" and "how that really is different from historic precedent."

Aspects of the pressure campaign: The public will hear about how Trump tried to pressure the DOJ into doing a number of things on his behalf including filing lawsuits "for or with the Trump campaign," appointing a special counsel to investigate fraud claims and issuing letters to states "concerning the sanctity of their elections," according to committee aides.

The hearing will also highlight Trump's threats to replace leadership within the DOJ.There will be closed-door testimony from former Attorney General William Barr, who disputed false election claims, as well as from former Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark, who was supportive of Trump's desire for the DOJ to declare the election fraudulent.

Catch up quick: Trump and his allies pushed senior DOJ officials to challenge 2020 election results. The former president reportedly sent Rosen "talking points" about debunked election fraud claims in Michigan, according to emails released last year by the House Oversight Committee.

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