WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23: Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel Steven Engel, former Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and former Acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue look on as they attend the fifth hearing held by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol on June 23, 2022 in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence related to the January 6, 2021 attack at the U.S. Capitol for almost a year, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building in an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for Joe Biden. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee used its hearing Thursday to show how Donald Trump tried to install a loyalist atop the Justice Department who would pursue his false claims of voter fraud and stop the certification of the 2020 election that Democrat Joe Biden won. It’s the latest account of how perilously close the United States could have come to a constitutional crisis if the defeated president had been able to orchestrate a plan for the U.S. government to overturn election results in several pivotal states. The committee has been trying to make the case that Trump’s efforts to reverse his loss resulted in the deadly siege at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.