WASHINGTON – The House Select Committee is examining Jan. 6, 2021, Attack on the American Capitol postpones hearings it originally planned to hold next week until July.
Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Told reporters Wednesday that the next panel hearing will take place Thursday at 3 p.m.
“And the next two hearings will be later in July,” he said.
Thompson had previously said the commission would squeeze its series of hearings in June.
“We have looked at the body of work that needs to be done and we have included some additional information that will require additional work,” Thompson said Wednesday.
Or that means adding extra hearings to the schedule, Thompson said “always a possibility.”
The chairman noted that the commission received hours of additional video footage of Trump and his family from documentary filmmaker Alex Holder. And he said the commission is in talks to hear from Ginni Thomas, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, but would not elaborate. “She has responded to our letter, and we look forward to continued engagement with her,” he said.
An aide to the commission said Wednesday that the panel “continues to receive additional evidence relevant to our investigation into the January 6 violence and its causes.”
“After tomorrow’s hearing, we will hold additional hearings in the coming weeks. We will soon announce dates and times for those hearings, “said the helper.
This Thursday’s hearing is expected to focus on Trump’s efforts to pressure top Justice Department officials to press his lie of a 2020 election. The commission had initially planned to hold this hearing last week, but has delayed it.
Congress will be on a two-week recess for the Fourth of July holiday that begins next week, although some committees will hold hearings in practice.
Rank member Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Said earlier that the last two hearings would examine how Trump summoned a violent crowd to the Capitol on Jan. 6 and shows “a moment-by-moment account of the hour-long attack of more than half a dozen White House employees, both living in the auditorium and via videotape testimony.”