Jan. 6 Hearings to Resume

Chairman says Trump PAC will be a subject
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 6, 2022 1:45 PM CDT
Jan. 6 Hearings to Resume
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol holds a hearing in July.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol has scheduled its next hearing for Oct. 13, pushing the investigation back into the limelight less than three weeks before the midterm election that will determine control of Congress. It will be the panel's first public session since the summer, the AP reports, when lawmakers worked through a series of tightly scripted hearings that attracted millions of viewers and touched on nearly every aspect of the Capitol insurrection. The committee had planned to hold the hearing in late September, but postponed as Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida.

The panel—comprised of seven Democrats and two Republicans—has not yet provided an agenda, but Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said recently that the hearing would "tell the story about a key element of then-President Donald Trump's plot to overturn the election." Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chairman, told reporters last week that the hearing would touch on recent revelations about Save America PAC, Trump's chief fundraising vehicle. It is facing legal scrutiny after the Justice Department issued a round of grand jury subpoenas that sought information about the political action committee’s fundraising practices.

The hearing is also expected to include never-before-seen interview footage of witnesses the committee has deposed since late July. That could include video of Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was interviewed last week behind closed doors. The committee asked Thomas about her role in trying to help Trump overturn his election defeat. The committee is aiming to wrap up its work by the end of the year and issue a final report and legislative recommendations, but its investigative work is not yet complete, as lawmakers explore several unanswered questions. If Republicans take the majority in November’s elections, they are expected to dissolve the committee in January.

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