Capitol riot hearings to stretch into July: U.S. chairman

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The U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 6 committee plans to continue public hearings through July as its investigation into the Capitol riot deepens.

The chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, told reporters on Wednesday that the committee was receiving “a lot of information” – including new documentary film footage about Trump’s final months in office – as its year-long investigation continues. intensifies with hearings on January 1 attack. 6, 2021, and Donald Trump’s efforts to nullify the 2020 election won by Democrat Joe Biden.

Thompson, D-Miss., said Thursday’s committee hearing, which is expected to feature former Justice Department officials testifying about Trump’s proposals to overturn the election results, would wrap up this month’s proceedings. -this. The committee would resume in July.

“We have a new documentary from someone we’re talking to, and we have to go through all of his information,” Thompson said, referring to the British filmmaker whose never-before-seen interviews with the former president and his entourage were handed over to the committee. this week. The images were taken before and after the uprising.

For a year, the committee has been investigating the violence on Capitol Hill and its causes, interviewing more than 1,000 witnesses and producing some 140,000 documents. Nine people died in the attack and its aftermath.

The committee was to conclude this first round of public hearings in June. But additional information has come to the committee’s attention and Congress is expected to suspend for two weeks remote and district work until the July 4 recess.

The revelation about the film came to light on Tuesday when British filmmaker Alex Holder revealed he had complied with a Congressional subpoena to hand over all the footage he shot in the final weeks of the campaign. Trump’s re-election in 2020.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said Tuesday that the timeline for the investigation could change.

“I would just say the initial hearings would have ended in June, but we are gathering new evidence daily at tremendous speed,” Raskin said. “And so we are constantly incorporating and including new information that comes out.”

He added: “But certainly the hearings will be over before the end of the summer.”

The TV hearings kicked off with a prime-time session this month, and lawmakers said they continue to uncover new advice and information.

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PA Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

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