Jan. 6 panel to summarize its case ahead of midterm elections

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot is holding what may be its last public hearing on Thursday, with committee members saying the day they are focusing on former President Trump’s state of mind and a more holistic summary of events and how the presentations were organized.

Each of the nine committee members are expected to chair a portion of the hearing, which begins at 10:00 a.m. PST, by presenting fresh testimony from witnesses new and old, as well as new evidence obtained by the Secret Service and a never-before-seen video footage of the riot and the main players in the days around January 6th.

“We still have important information that we have not shown the public that is available to us,” committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters last week.

Committee assistants described the hearing’s objective as a step backwards to look at the overall plan to keep Trump in power, saying it will cover the stretch from before the 2020 election to after the Jan. 6 riot. Previous hearings have each focused on one aspect of Trump’s attempts to overturn the election. Committee members will provide new information relevant to the topics covered at the previous hearings and will also address ongoing threats to democracy, but the primary focus will be on Trump’s frame of mind and role in the event.

The committee’s first public hearing in almost three months will take place on Thursday. Meanwhile, news of the Justice Department’s accelerated investigation into the riot and its plan to use fake voters to cast doubt on the election results and keep Trump in office, as well as the FBI’s efforts to steal classified material, has drawn public attention procure, energized were improperly – and possibly illegally – stored at Trump’s Florida estate after he left office.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) told CNN that the hearing would touch on the “close ties between people in the Trump world and some of these extremist groups” and would present other new information the committee has learned since its last public hearing collected July.

“I think it will be worth watching,” Lofgren said in an interview. “There’s new material that I found quite surprising as we delved into it.”

While no witnesses are scheduled to appear live at the hearing, the committee is expected to show footage recorded by Danish filmmakers who followed conservative provocateur Roger Stone, a longtime Trump aide with ties to the Proud Boys, for two years to make a documentary.

The hearing is also expected to be pulled from hundreds of thousands of Secret Service records showing Trump was briefed on January 6, 2021 about the potential for violence, but rallied his supporters to go to the Capitol anyway. They also describe the former president’s repeated orders to his intelligence department to join supporters marching up Capitol Hill.

Committee members have indicated that unless further information is released, this is likely to be the panel’s last hearing. But committee staffers resisted reporters’ attempts to call it their closing argument, adding that more evidence or testimony could emerge before the committee delivers its final report by the end of the calendar year.

Republicans are not expected to renew the committee when they regain control of the House of Representatives in 2023.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-10-13/jan-6-panel-prepares-to-summarize-its-case-ahead-of-midterms-trump-capitol Jan. 6 panel to summarize its case ahead of midterm elections

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