Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. A pro-Trump mob later stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Five people died as a result. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)
The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol will use its first public hearing to tie the violent attempt to overturn the election directly to former President Donald Trump, committee aides told reporters Wednesday.
In addition to live witnesses — a U.S. Capitol Police officer injured by rioters during the attack and a documentary filmmaker — who are expected to testify Thursday evening about the violence they witnessed that day, the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol will present taped testimony from high-ranking officials of the Trump administration and campaign and Trump family members, aides said.
They are expected to reveal previously unseen information related to Trump’s involvement in a conspiracy to undo the election results.
“We will be revealing new details showing that … Jan. 6 was the result of a coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election and stop the transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden and that former President Donald Trump was at the center of that effort,” a committee aide said.
Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, will present substantive opening statements and lead questioning of the live witnesses, the aides said.
Multimedia elements, including taped depositions, will be interspersed throughout the hearing, aides said.
The hearing, the first in a series expected to span most of June, will reveal the panel’s “initial findings to the American public,” an aide said. It will begin at 7 p.m. CT Thursday and will be televised on most major television networks.
The committee announced its third hearing would be June 15 at 9 a.m. CT. The second hearing is scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m. CT.
The panel’s work will highlight ongoing threats to U.S democracy. The committee’s final report will include legislative recommendations to address those threats, an aide said.
While the hearings represent a milestone for the committee that has mostly operated behind closed doors to this point, they do not mark the end of the panel’s investigation, which will remain ongoing as the hearings proceed, aides said.
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