The House Jan. 6 committee meets Thursday in another in its series of blockbuster hearings about its Capitol insurrection investigation.
The hearing is slated to start at 1 p.m. ET. Watch it here:
Over the summer, the Democrat-led committee has laid out its case that former President Trump was at the center of an election fraud conspiracy that ultimately led to the deadly riot at the Capitol. Witnesses, including former Trump and White House officials and staff, have testified on how the then-president knew he lost but pursued efforts to pressure state officials, lawmakers and the Justice Department to overturn the election. Trump has dismissed the investigation as a “theatrical production” and a “witch hunt.”
What to expect at Thursday’s hearing
It could be the panel’s final hearing on its investigation — but it won’t be the last we hear from them. The committee is expected to issue a report by the end of the year.
Unlike the hearings held this past summer that each focused on a particular topic as part of the overall effort to overturn the 2020 election results, Thursday’s hearing, will take a broader look at the push to undo President Biden’s win from a broader context. There will be no live witnesses, though there could be evidence presented that hasn’t been previously shared, according to committee aides. Aides said that the panel would also present testimony from new witnesses in Thursday’s hearing. It’s unclear if the committee will share testimony from Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She met with the panel behind closed doors last month.
Where the panel last left off
The committee last met publicly on July 21. That prime-time hearing focused on the 187 minutes Trump went dark during Capitol siege. Though call logs for the afternoon of Jan. 6 were empty, the panel noted that those for Trump lawyer and ally Rudy Giuliani show at least two calls between him and the former president that day. Other Trump calls that day are known, including several to Republican senators to urge them to delay the certification of Biden’s win, the panel said. Trump, the committee argued, knew what was going on at the Capitol that day, and could have taken action, but for hours, did not.