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The House Select Committee investigating the events surrounding the storming of the US Capitol last Jan. 6 held its third in a series of public hearings yesterday afternoon. Much of the panel focused on efforts by former President Donald Trump and his aides and allies to pressure Vice President Mike Pence as he prepared to certify the 2020 presidential election results.

Among other key moments, witnesses alleged Trump legal adviser John Eastman acknowledged that a plan for Pence to refuse to certify the results violated the Electoral Count Act. Emails also revealed Eastman unsuccessfully sought a presidential pardon in the aftermath of Jan. 6. Eastman pleaded the Fifth Amendment during a deposition with the panel. 

The Democrat-led committee has no criminal prosecution authority, and sources suggest internal disagreement within the group on whether to refer any potential charges to the Justice Department. The next hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 pm ET. 

Separately, reports say the panel will request an interview with Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, over her alleged role in coordinating efforts to reverse the election results.