The Jan. 6 House Select Committee is expected to hold at least one more hearing in September. But it raised so many questions about the events surrounding the US Capitol attack that it’s unclear if the panel will answer them all.
No date has been announced for the next hearing, and panel members have been hesitant about their plans. Instead, they have emphasized how much information they have gathered and how much more needs to be said.
On Thursday, the committee unveiled a new area of investigation: It asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) to voluntarily speak out about his “role in spreading misinformation about the election in the days leading up to December 14, 2020.” to testify. meeting of the electoral college”. According to the committee, “Evidence shows that Mr. Gingrich disseminated messages designed to incite anger among voters even after Georgia election officials faced intimidation and threats of violence.”
In an Aug. 31 interview on MSNBC, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) quoted a statement by committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) that the panel “will have at least one public hearing in September.” She added: “I suspect it will be very difficult to complete the full report by the end of October, but we will have some important takeaways. There is such a great deal of information that needs to be displayed and conveyed, and hopefully in a way that is accessible to the American public.”
Lofgren said the committee addressed two issues related to possible obstruction and tampering with witnesses.
Noting that the Secret Service had deleted records it had been asked to keep, she said, “There are concerns about some aspects of the service’s conduct and we need to uncover them.” The committee is also considering “the possibility of.” Coercive measures” by attorneys who paid Trumpworld to represent certain witnesses, she said, adding, “We’re learning a few more things about this, which we’ll reveal in due course.”
ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and CSPAN all aired the hearings instead of their usual programming.
Fox News has offered live coverage of the hearings, which were held in the morning and afternoon hours, while the prime-time hearings were left to its less popular brother, Fox Business.
The hearings were also streamed on the select committee’s YouTube channel, which also provides a recording of each completed session.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) also addressed the Secret Service issue on NBC’s Aug. 28 “Meet the Press,” saying the committee didn’t see many of the text messages sent Jan. 6 and asked : “Why was any of this hidden?” Another issue he cited was the fundraising conducted by Trump and his campaign after the election and “the fact that the vast majority of this money was raised as part of ‘Stop the Steal.’ , with no intention of ‘stopping the theft’”.
The negotiations were broadcast live on YouTube, major TV networks, CNN, MSNBC and C-SPAN. Fox News has only offered live coverage of the early-day sessions, sticking to its regularly scheduled nightly programming and handing prime-time hearings over to Fox Business.
June 9: To illustrate how violent the Jan. 6 attack was, Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards testified that she “hatched people’s blood” as she fought to defend lawmakers inside.
June 13: The committee revealed evidence that Trump’s advisers repeatedly told him there was no significant fraud during the 2020 presidential election, but he continued to spread the “big lie.”
June 16: A top aide to Vice President Mike Pence recounted the pressure campaign by Trump and conservative California attorney John Eastman to get Pence to reject electoral votes from seven states that Biden had won — even though they knew their actions were illegal.
June 21st: The Arizona House Speaker and two Georgia election officials, all Republicans, detailed efforts by Trump and his attorneys to get them to reverse election results without the legal authority to do so.
23rd June: Three former senior Justice Department officials recounted the former president’s efforts to get the department to support his baseless claims of a tainted election and his aborted efforts to install an acting attorney general to support those claims.
June 28th: Former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson testified that discussions at the White House on Jan. 6 revealed Trump brushed off concerns about guns in the crowd that day that he wanted to be in the Capitol so badly that he got inside an argument with an intelligence officer in his vehicle, and that he didn’t think the rioters chanting “Hang Mike Pence” were doing anything wrong.
July 12: Witnesses and evidence presented by the committee detailed how Trump’s call for a Jan. 6 protest resonated with his supporters and extremist groups, who interpreted it as a call to prevent – violently, according to some people – Congress from Biden’s victory to confirm Electoral College.
21 July: Two former White House staffers described how Trump ignored pleas from advisers, family members and Republicans in Congress to withdraw the rioters.
Questions about the Secret Service and Trump’s fundraising are just two of the loose threads the committee could try to tie before the end of this congressional session, when Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) depart and the committee may be dissolved, according to The Republicans gain control of the House of Representatives.
One witness who has yet to be heard is former Trump strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who was convicted in July of contempt of Congress for defying the panel’s subpoena last year. In a recording obtained by Mother Jones, Bannon tells employees days before the 2020 election that he expects Trump to prematurely declare victory and claims the election was stolen.
“What Steve Bannon’s new audio shows is that Donald Trump’s plan to falsely claim victory in 2020 was premeditated, regardless of what the facts actually were,” said Cheney, the panel’s vice chair, at the end the hearing on July 21.
The panel is still looking for phone records and testimonies that may provide more insight into how the Jan. 6 attack fits in with other efforts to overturn the election results. It has also gathered evidence about the actions of Trump’s closest allies in Congress and about the links between extremist groups and Trumpworld insiders like Roger Stone.
Finally, the resolution establishing the panel passed by the House of Representatives charged it with investigating how the nation’s security apparatus was caught unawares by the attack on the Capitol and recommending ways to prevent such acts of violence in the future. But that part of his mission didn’t get much attention at the hearings.
Sarah D. Wire, a Times contributor, contributed to this report.
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