What then-President Trump did as a violent mob rampaging through the Capitol for more than three hours on Jan. 6, 2021, will be the focus of Thursday’s prime-time hearing of the House Committee investigating the riot.
In the previous seven hearings, the committee has argued that Trump knew he had pretty much lost his second term bid, but chose nonetheless to press allegations of a stolen election and that he submitted to state lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence pressure to break the law to keep him in power.
The panel has also focused on how Trump almost replaced the acting attorney general with a supporter when the Justice Department refused to back up his false allegations of voter fraud.
Thursday’s hearing is expected to instantly reveal the 187 minutes between the start of the uprising and the release of a video on Twitter of Trump urging his supporters to withdraw.
“It’s pretty easy. He did nothing to actually stop the uprising. We’ll be going through pretty much every minute of that period,” Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said on CNN, adding that the hearing will include witnesses the public has not heard from, including people who were there the White House during the attack and others urging Trump to act.
What others in the federal government did during the more than three-hour window will also matter at the hearing, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) told MSNBC.
“We’re really going to try to get you into the White House and some other actors’ departments and agencies to explain what happened in the 187 minutes.” Trump didn’t act during the attack on the Capitol, she said.
Luria and Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger will lead Thursday’s presentation. Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and will participate remotely via video.
The committee has not officially confirmed Thursday’s witnesses, who are believed to be former White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews and former Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger. Both resigned in response to Trump’s actions on January 6.
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-07-21/jan-6-hearing-trump-inaction Jan. 6 committee to lay out Trump’s 187 minutes of inaction