Jan. 6 Committee Pausing Hearings Until July as Influx of New Evidence Pours In
The House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, on the U.S. Capitol is pausing hearings that were scheduled for next week and resuming them in July, The Hill reports.
According to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) the chairman of the committee, there’s been a wellspring of new information, and that’s why the panel is hitting the brakes. The two final hearings will be held in July.
“We’ve taken in some additional information that’s going to require some additional work,” he told reporters. “So rather than present hearings that have not been the quality of the hearings in the past we made a decision to just move into sometime in July.”
Thursday’s hearing will continue as scheduled.
“There’s been a deluge of new evidence since we got started,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told reporters. “And we just need to catch our breath, go through the new evidence, and then incorporate it into the hearings we have planned.”
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Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) shared the same sentiments.
“I don’t think we’ve established a date yet, but we have a mountain of new information that’s come in that we have to go through,” she said.
The committee has received new information from the National Archives and Raskin says it has also received more information from a variety of sources. This is almost certainly due to the fact that the committee has posted its web address in the hopes of finding new witnesses.
This new evidence includes recently turned-over video footage of the attack from British documentarian Alex Holder. Additionally, there are interviews with ex-President Donald Trump, his adult children, and former Vice President Mike Pence. This is really good news because the panel has been frustrated in its efforts to convince Pence to testify.
“We have gotten some additional information from a documentarian that we’ll have to review and some additional NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) production that’s going to require a little bit more time than we anticipated,” Thompson said. “
Thursday’s final hearing for the month will focus on Trump’s attempts to pressure the Justice Department, The Hill reports.
The committee had scheduled two more hearings for June but Thompson reiterated that additional hearings beyond the originally scheduled seven may be announced.
“There may well be a need for further hearings based upon information that they are now receiving,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol. “We will see. I’m not saying there are going to be. But there well may be a decision by the committee to have further hearings on the information that has been elicited because of the hearings.”
I’m glad the committee is working thoroughly and assiduously and I can’t help but wonder if Trump, who always thinks he’s above the law, is finally realizing he’s not.