The House special committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol announced an unexpected hearing scheduled for Tuesday when lawmakers plan to unveil “recently obtained evidence.”
The investigation into the riot entered a new phase this month when lawmakers unveiled a series of public hearings into the attack, which stemmed from alleged attempts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to thwart the results of the 2020 presidential election. So far, the committee has revealed several potentially damaging allegations that polls say have already tarnished some of Trump’s popularity.
The announcement of a new hearing came as a surprise on Monday, as the committee had originally planned to resume its hearings in July.
Not much is known about the hearing – as the announcement only alluded to the new evidence and unspecified testimonies without announcing a central theme. But lawmakers reviewed at least three potential sources where they could have found the new evidence.
Last week Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Mississippi Democrat who chairs the panel, told reporters that the committee needed more time to review the evidence obtained after the hearings were made public.
As new sources, he referred in particular to newly received documentary material, information from the national archives and information that the legislature had received by tip.
The documentary material the Democratic congressman was referring to is by British filmmaker Alex Holder. Last Tuesday, Holder said he had complied with a request from Congress to provide video footage of the past six weeks of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, as well as allegedly unseen footage of the Capitol riot.
The footage reportedly includes exclusive interviews with the former president and members of his family. It was supposed to be part of a documentary entitled Unprecedented, which was set to air on a streaming service later this summer. Holder said he was “fully cooperating” with the panel, although it remains unclear what the footage might contain.
Thompson called the footage “important” but gave no further details, according to Politico.
At least two more hearings are expected — although more could be scheduled depending on new evidence, Thompson said, according to Politico. He added that the hearings couldn’t be pushed much further, however, as the panel has to write its final report, which is expected to be released by the autumn.
“We will show how Donald Trump used the threat of violence, how he called the mob to Washington and how, after corruption and political pressure failed to keep Donald Trump in office, violence became the last option,” lawmakers told the hearings in July.
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