In advance of its findings, the House Select Committee looking into the attack on the Capitol on Jan 6 will have its ninth and possibly final public session on Thursday.
An assistant for the select committee predicted that “this one would appear a little bit different.”
As part of the broader campaign to reverse the 2020 election results, the blockbuster January 6 hearings from this past summer each concentrated on a distinct theme. Instead, the hearing on Thursday would “take a step back” and examine the effort to overturn President Biden’s victory in a broader context.
The session might provide fresh, never-before-heard testimony on various issues about the investigation into the fatal siege. Additionally, it can refer to information the panel recently got concerning the Secret Service’s function and a review of former president Donald Trump’s campaign of pressure against actual figures.
The aides predicted that the hearing would run two and a half hours and that no witnesses would appear.
The authors stated that many of the subjects we covered in June and July would be revisited but with new data that would shed more light on their conclusions.
Aides declined to specify which witnesses would be featured in the hearing on Thursday, even though the panel is anticipated to bring testimony from new witnesses.
For instance, it’s unclear whether the committee would make public the evidence of Ginni Thomas, the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife, who testified last month in private.
Panel’s Upcoming Plans
Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the committee, has often emphasised that the panel’s mandate is to adhere to the facts, provide suggestions to safeguard democracy, and publish a report outlining the committee’s conclusions. Before the select committee’s term expires at the end of this year, he promises, the information will be made public.
Even grassroots Democrats doubted that the committee hearings would make a breakthrough or produce significant fresh information. But the series of public sessions over the summer, including two during prime time, had several dramatic moments with predominantly Republican witnesses revealing new details on how then-President Trump was repeatedly advised that he lost the 2020 election and that any attempt to overturn the results or advance fraud claims was unlawful; however, he disregarded this advice and pushed to change the outcome.
Vice Chair Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, has taken on the hearings’ unofficial chief prosecutor role. She outlined what the panel will show in the first hearing in June by saying, “President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob, and fanned the flame of this attack.”
There were signs that Trump’s standing as the party’s leader had suffered after the hearings’ weeks in June and July. However, the early August Justice Department search of his Florida home helped to unify the majority of congressional Republicans behind his claim that the growing federal probes were politically motivated.
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