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Jan. 6 panel returns to prime time for last scheduled hearing

A Jan. 6 House committee returns to prime time for its eighth hearing — possibly the last time this summer that lawmakers will present evidence on the U.S. Capitol uprising and President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the his 2020 election loss. Related video above: Rep. Liz Cheney closing statement at seventh hearing Jan. 6 Thursday’s hearing is expected to focus on what Trump was doing in the White House as the violence unfolded on Jan. 6, 2021. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who is one of two members leading the hearing, said he expects it will “open people’s eyes in a big way.” This will be the panel’s second prime time hearing. The first, on June 9, was watched by more than 20 million people. What to watch for in Thursday’s hearing: Trump White House committee members said the hearing will be an in-depth look at what Trump was doing at the White House that day, as hundreds of his supporters violently pushed police and stormed the building. The committee has already released some of Trump’s evidence in previous hearings, showing videos of several White House aides trying to pressure the president to act or publicly call on rioters to leave as he watched television in a West Wing dining room. . But questions remain about what the president did, especially since official White House records of Trump’s phone calls included an eight-hour gap, from just after 11 that morning to about 7 that night. The committee tried to fill that gap with witness interviews and other sources, such as subpoenaing private phone records. One committee member, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., said Trump could have pulled the rioters at any time, but he didn’t. More than three hours, or 187 minutes, passed before he finally did. “The consequences we’re still dealing with today,” Aguilar said. “You’re going to hear that Donald Trump never picked up the phone that day to direct his administration to help,” said Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the committee’s Republican vice chairwoman. he said as he previewed the hearing last week. New witnesses Two former White House aides who resigned immediately after the uprising will testify at the hearing. Former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews and former deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger will talk about what they saw and heard at the White House as Trump learned of the riot and waited hours to tell rioters to leave the Capitol. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., who will chair the hearing with Kinzinger, said the two witnesses “believed in the work they did, but they didn’t believe in a stolen election.” The committee will “hear from people who were in the White House, what they observed, what their reactions were,” Luria said. The whole story The finale of the committee’s summer series of hearings will seek to complete the story told from the beginning – that Trump was told his allegations of widespread fraud were false but pushed them anyway, without regard for the democracy or the people affected, and that his words and actions fueled the turmoil on Capitol Hill.Lawmakers are expected to provide a minute-by-minute account of what happened on the day of Jan. 6, a milestone in previous hearings that have examined the weeks following the riot. three different places on January 6: at the White House, inside the Capitol, and outside the Capitol, where police officers were beaten and overwhelmed a by the riots. Cliffhangers As the committee wraps up this “season” of hearings, like a TV show, there are likely to be some cliffhangers. Among the questions the committee may leave unanswered: Will the committee call Trump to testify? Or his vice president, Mike Pence? Will there be more hearings? Do they keep any information for their final report? At least one hearing is expected in the fall, when the nine-member panel is expected to issue a report on its findings, but more hearings are likely. If Republicans take control of the House in November’s midterm elections, they are expected to shut down the committee. The commission’s work will also continue to reverberate through other investigations, including the Justice Department, which has arrested more than 800 suspected rioters and seized or sought information from some of the politicians and others allied with Trump as he sought to topple vote. The Department of Justice requested from the committee some of the minutes of the interview. Raskin said before the hearings began that the measure of success would be “whether we can preserve American democracy and our institutions — that’s a long-term test.”___Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Farnoush Amiri and Lisa Mascaro contributed in this report.

A Jan. 6 House committee returns to prime time for its eighth hearing — possibly the last time this summer that lawmakers will present evidence on the U.S. Capitol uprising and President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the his electoral defeat in 2020.

Related video above: Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s closing statement at the seventh hearing on January 6

Thursday’s hearing is expected to focus on what Trump was doing in the White House as the violence unfolded on Jan. 6, 2021. Representative Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who is one of two members leading the hearing, said he expects to “open people’s eyes in a big way.”

This will be the panel’s second prime time hearing. The first, on June 9, was watched by more than 20 million people.

What to look out for in Thursday’s hearing:

Trump in the White House

Committee members said the hearing will be an in-depth look at what Trump was doing at the White House that day, as hundreds of his supporters violently pushed police and stormed the building.

The committee has already released some of Trump’s evidence in previous hearings, showing videos of several White House aides trying to pressure the president to act or publicly call on rioters to leave as he watched television in a West Wing dining room. .

But questions remain about what the president did, especially since official White House records of Trump’s phone calls included an eight-hour gap, from just after 11 that morning to about 7 that night.

The committee tried to fill that gap with witness interviews and other sources, such as subpoenaing private phone records. One committee member, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., said Trump could have pulled the rioters at any time, but he didn’t. More than three hours, or 187 minutes, passed before he finally did.

“The consequences we’re still dealing with today,” Aguilar said.

“You’re going to hear that Donald Trump never picked up the phone that day to order his administration to help,” said Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the committee’s Republican vice chair, as she previewed the hearing last week.

New witnesses

Two former White House aides who resigned immediately after the uprising will testify at the hearing. Former deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews and former deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger will talk about what they saw and heard at the White House as Trump learned of the riot and waited hours to tell rioters to leave the Capitol.

Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., who will chair the hearing with Kinzinger, said the two witnesses “believed in the work they did, but they didn’t believe in the stolen election.”

The committee “will hear from people who were in the White House, what they observed, what their reactions were,” Luria said.

The whole story

The finale of the committee’s summer series of hearings will seek to complete the story it’s been telling since the beginning — that Trump was told his allegations of widespread fraud were false, but pushed through them anyway, with no regard for democracy or the people. that he was influenced and that his words and actions incited the riot in the Capitol.

Lawmakers are expected to give a minute-by-minute account of what happened on the day of Jan. 6, a milestone in previous hearings that have examined the weeks following the uprising.

A Democratic member of the committee, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, said the hearing will focus on what happened in three different places on Jan. 6: at the White House, inside the Capitol and outside the Capitol, where police officers were beaten and overwhelmed by the riots.

Cliffhangers

As the committee wraps up this “season” of hearings, like a TV show, there are likely to be some cliffhangers.

Among the questions the committee may leave unanswered: Will the committee call Trump to testify? Or his vice president, Mike Pence? Will there be more hearings? Do they keep any information for their final report?

At least one hearing is expected in the fall, when the nine-member panel is expected to issue a report on its findings, but more hearings are likely. If Republicans take control of the House in November’s midterm elections, they are expected to shut down the committee.

The commission’s work will also continue to reverberate through other investigations, including the Justice Department, which has arrested more than 800 suspected rioters and seized or sought information from some of the politicians and others allied with Trump as he sought to topple vote. The Department of Justice requested from the committee some of the minutes of the interview.

Raskin said before the hearings began that the measure of success would be “whether we can preserve our American democracy and our institutions — that’s a long-term test.”

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Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Farnoush Amiri and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

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