Jan. 6 committee Chairman Bennie Thompson has COVID-19, is likely to miss Thursday hearing

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the Jan. 6 House committee, is likely to miss Thursday’s panel hearing after contracting COVID-19.

Thompson tested positive for the coronavirus Monday and has mild symptoms, he said in a statement. He plans to isolate himself for several days, in accordance with federal guidelines. Committee officials said Thompson directed them to proceed with Thursday’s prime-time hearing, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. Pacific time.

The hearing will examine in detail what former President Trump did in the 187 minutes between the start of the attack on the Capitol and the release of a video urging rioters to go home. It is chaired by Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). Chair and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) have made opening and closing statements at each hearing, and other committee members conduct the presentation and interview witnesses.

Sarah Matthews and Matthew Pottinger, two former White House staffers who resigned immediately after the January 6, 2021 riot, are expected to testify. The committee has spent almost a year collecting affidavits and documents detailing every moment what the President was doing behind closed doors in the White House as the Capitol was stormed.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-07-19/jan-6-committee-chairman-has-covid-19 Jan. 6 committee Chairman Bennie Thompson has COVID-19, is likely to miss Thursday hearing

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