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January 6 Committee Considering A Second Series Of Hearings In August: Report

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is seriously considering another series of hearings in August, according to Hugo Lowell of The Guardian.

“New: Jan. 6 committee is considering a ‘second series of hearings’ sometime towards the end of August, after next week’s prime time finale on Thursday, per a source familiar.”

Asked if there might be additional hearings, committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said he wouldn’t rule that out:

“No, I can’t. I’m hoping it is, but something could come up, just like the Hutchinson situation that warranted what we felt was an immediate hearing.”

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) agreed that additional hearings may be required:

“It depends on where the evidence takes us.”

NBC News notes that the turning point for the hearings so far was the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson:

Aguilar and others investigating the attack on Jan. 6, 2021, view Hutchinson’s bombshell public testimony — that President Donald Trump knew the supporters he sent to the Capitol that day were armed, that he refused to act as rioters stormed the Capitol and that he approved of their chanting that they wanted to hang Vice President Mike Pence — as a critical turning point in their yearlong inquiry that could lead to further revelations.

Panel members argue her damning, fly-on-the-wall testimony turned up the pressure on other Trump officials, compelling greater cooperation from former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and perhaps others.  

According to the official Congressional calendar released by the office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the House of Representatives is scheduled to hold its last votes on July 29. After that, lawmakers will be on vacation during the month of August and not return until after Labor Day on September 5.

The Jan. 6 committee is scheduled to hold its final hearing on Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m. ET.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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