What’s the TV schedule for the Jan. 6 committee hearings?
With five hearings under its belt, the U.S. House Jan. 6 select committee is taking a break of at least two weeks before continuing to roll out its findings in July.
Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said Thursday that the next sessions will focus on domestic violence, extremism and the 187 minutes of violence on Jan. 6. Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) said the hearings will explore the makeup of the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol, how the various groups were assembled, “and how they were whipped up into a frenzy.”
No dates have been set for future hearings, but we’ll update this story as soon as the next one is announced.
“The original hearings would have wrapped up in June, but we are picking up new evidence on a daily basis with enormous velocity, and so we’re constantly incorporating and including the new information that’s coming out,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said after Tuesday’s session.
“There is evidence coming in from diverse sources,” Raskin added. Having seen that the committee is running a serious, bipartisan investigation “focused just on getting the facts of what happened,” he said, “a lot of people are coming forward now with information.”
How to watch
ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CSPAN have all been airing the hearings instead of their usual programming.
Fox Business carried the first hearing, which was in prime time, live; the more popular Fox News Channel did not. But Fox News offered live coverage the subsequent hearings, which were held earlier in the day.
The hearing have also been streamed on the select committee’s YouTube channel, which now offers a recording of each session.
The proceedings are being aired live online and by select broadcasters. The committee is using the carefully scripted hearings to lay out the findings from the investigation it began more than 10 months ago.
“We can’t sweep what happened under the rug,” Thompson said June 9 at the opening hearing. “The American people deserve answers.”
Here are links to the hearings held thus far, as well as info on what to expect next month.
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Thursday, June 9
What happened: The committee led with a graphic and emotional look back at the attack on the U.S. Capitol that occurred as lawmakers tried to count electoral votes. One key moment was a 10-minute video with previously unseen footage of protesters battering their way into the Capitol. Another was the testimony of Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards, who said she was “slipping in people’s blood” as she fought to defend the lawmakers inside.
Monday, June 13
What happened: The second hearing revealed evidence that Trump and his advisors knew there was no election fraud yet spread the “Big Lie.” Former President Trump, the committee said, was informed multiple times by campaign staffers and Atty. Gen. William Barr that there was no proof of fraud.
New light was shed on the inner workings of the Trump campaign as he pushed the false voter fraud narrative after the 2020 presidential election.
Thursday, June 16
What happened: This hearing focused on the pressure that Trump and conservative California lawyer John Eastman exerted on Vice President Mike Pence to reject electoral votes from seven states won by Joe Biden — this would have enabled Trump to hold on to the presidency — even though they knew their actions were illegal. The panel heard from a top Pence aide, who said the vice president never believed he had the power to throw the election to Trump, as well as a conservative judge who helped Pence resist Trump’s demands.
Tuesday, June 21
What happened: The committee heard testimony from the Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives and two election officials from Georgia, all Republicans, about the efforts by Trump and his lawyers to get them to reverse election results without the legal authority to do so. An election supervisor from Fulton County, Ga., also spoke emotionally about the harassment she, her mother and her grandmother endured after they were accused by Trump of election fraud — a claim he knew had been debunked.
Thursday, June 23
What happened: Three former top Justice Department officials in the Trump administration recounted the former president’s concerted efforts to have the department declare the election tainted and to push state legislatures to throw out the results. When they resisted, they said, the president was set to name another appointee, Jeffrey Clark, as the acting attorney general, only to back off when the department’s entire leadership threatened to resign. Clark’s home was raided by federal investigators Wednesday.
Trump “wanted the Justice Department to help legitimize his lies, to baselessly call the election corrupt, to appoint a special counsel to investigate alleged election fraud,” Thompson said.
Thompson told reporters Wednesday that the committee would hold two more hearings in July after the House returns from a two-week break. He also left open the possibility for more sessions based on new information coming in, including a flood of contacts to the committee’s tip line.
Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) previously said the committee would devote one of its later hearings to the words Trump used to summon “a violent mob and directed them illegally to march on the U.S. Capitol.” The committee planned to share evidence of Trump refusing to tell military leaders to try to control the violence, waiting several hours before calling on rioters to disperse, she said.
Meanwhile, the committee is interviewing more witnesses and battling in court to obtain the testimony of former White House officials close to Trump. This week, a documentary filmmaker who had unusual access to the Trump campaign confirmed that he had been subpoenaed and would offer testimony and previously unseen tapes to the committee.
Times staff writers Anumita Kaur and Nolan D. McCaskill contributed to this report.
During the two-hour televised event, the committee shared unseen footage of Trump allies contesting the former president’s unfounded assertion that the 2020 election was stolen. A Capitol Police officer also provided vivid details of her bloody battle against insurrectionists.
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