House committee chairman on Jan. 6 confirms likely final hearing date

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot on Capitol Hill will hold another hearing next week, the group’s chairman said Tuesday, suggesting it could be the last time they meet publicly. .

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday that the committee will hold its final hearing Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. ET.

“I can say that unless something else develops, this audience at this point is the last audience. But it’s not set in stone because things happen,” Thompson said.

He added that the committee hearing will feature “substantial footage” of the riot and “significant testimony” that has not previously been released, but he declined to divulge details or the subject.

The hearing, if it were to be the last, could mark a crescendo for the panel’s work before it releases a final investigation report, which is expected later this year.

Representative Bennie Thompson speaks to reporters after a closed meeting with committee members at the United States Capitol on September 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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The hearings so far have already featured several startling moments, including an array of former aides and associates of President Donald Trump recounting his state of mind after losing the 2020 election and before and during the 6 January by his supporters.

According to testimony at the hearing, Trump knew protesters in Washington were armed that day but urged them to march to the Capitol anyway and reacted angrily when he was barred from joining the band. (Trump denied any wrongdoing and said the committee was politically motivated.)

The panel is rushing to complete its work before the start of the next Congress amid speculation that a majority of the House GOP will drop the inquiry entirely.

Questions remain about which witnesses might be called and whether committee investigators will pressure Trump or former Vice President Mike Pence to testify. The committee also sent a letter to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich requesting information and records of communications with Trump’s team before and after the attack on the Capitol.

The committee interviewed several people connected to Trump or who served in his administration, including several former Cabinet secretaries, whose testimony has not yet been made public.

Next week’s hearing will be the committee’s first since the FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort for possession of what the government says are highly classified documents.

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