Jun 22, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Jan. 6 committee extends hearings to July

Jan. 6 Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)

Jan. 6 select committee Chair Bennie Thompson. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack is extending its hearing schedule to July and weighing the possibility of additional hearings, the panel's chair said Wednesday.

Why it matters: The committee has seen an uptick in new information as the hearings have unfolded and is trying to figure out how to incorporate those materials into the hearings, Axios previously reported.

What they're saying: Thompson told reporters at the Capitol of the panel's last two hearings, "We made a decision to just move them to sometime in July."

  • Thompson said adding unannounced hearings to the schedule — a move that has been under consideration by the panel — is "always a possibility."
  • But, he added, "I think we could supplement the next two hearings with some of the material and obviously, if necessary, we'll just include it in the report."

Flashback: The committee had initially planned to hold seven hearings throughout June.

  • Four of those hearings have already happened, with at least three more planned.

What's next: The panel has a hearing scheduled for Thursday, led by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). That hearing will focus on former President Trump's pressure campaign against the Department of Justice.

  • Other hearings are expected to look into the extremist groups that besieged the Capitol and Trump's actions as the violence was unfolding.
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