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The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th riot at the Capitol is reportedly set to hold six public hearings – two in primetime – alleging former President Donald Trump and his associates broke the law in trying to overturn the 2020 election results.
The hearings will be held in June, according to the Guardian, which first reported the news.
Calling it a “pivotal political moment for the country,” the outlet reports that the panel will attempt to “publicly outline the potentially unlawful schemes that tried to keep the former president in office despite his defeat at the hands of Joe Biden.”
Congressman Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the select committee, gave the game away in his remarks regarding the public hearings about January 6th.
“We want to paint a picture as clear as possible as to what occurred,” Thompson (D-MS) told reporters. “The public needs to know what to think. We just have to show clearly what happened on January 6.”
SCOOP: Jan. 6 committee’s current schedule is to stage six public hearings in June — where investigative counsel will lead questioning of witnesses to show how Trump broke the law to overturn the 2020 election. @GuardianUS https://t.co/rR99bIvw4K
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 23, 2022
Public Hearings on Capitol Riot
“The public needs to know what to think.”
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Isn’t that the Democrat party Summed up completely in an 8-word sentence?
The biggest question on everyone’s mind is, with 6 public hearings ranging between 1.5 to 2.5 hours in length, will Adam Kinzinger have enough tissues on hand?
Anti-Trump Republican Adam Kinzinger cries during the first hearing of Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th special committee. pic.twitter.com/NjwWUrLmlq
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 27, 2021
Rick Wilson, a one-time GOP strategist turned fervent Never Trumper, was also shedding tears over news that the January 6 committee would be holding 6 public hearings.
In Wilson’s eyes, that’s not enough.
“SIX HEARINGS? SIX? Are. You. F***ing. Kidding. Me?” he wrote.
In a follow-up tweet, Wilson claimed Trump witnesses would “filibuster, bulls***, evade and jerk themselves off on live TV” in an attempt to stonewall the hearings.
2/ Does no one understand the ballgame here?
The witnesses from the Trump world will filibuster, bullshit, evade and jerk themselves off on live TV for roughly 40% of the hearings. Everyone will have a long statement at the opening.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 23, 2022
Setting Up the Narrative
Reports back in April indicated Thompson and the committee were prepared to hold eight public hearings on the January 6th riot at the Capitol.
So, according to the sources involved, this would be a streamlining of the attempts by the committee to influence opinions of what happened that day.
Aside from having the goal of telling the American people what to think, the June hearings will allow time for a full report to be released just in time for the midterm elections.
“The panel … plans to release a full report about the deadly attack on the Capitol in early fall,” CBS News reported at the time.
Similar to Thompson’s comments, committee member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said the public hearings would be divided into chapters “that will allow for the unfolding of the narrative.”
As any good work of fiction would.
Raskin, of course, never was the subject of a public hearing about trying to overturn election results, despite objecting to counting electoral votes back in 2016.
Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin objected to Florida’s electoral votes in 2017. pic.twitter.com/FsLvJLvA8v
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) January 13, 2021
The Guardian reports that sources have indicated that “committee attorneys will simultaneously flash texts, photos and videos to illustrate the testimony” during these public hearings.
This will be interesting since this same House Select committee admitted to doctoring a text message presented by Representative Adam Schiff as evidence at a hearing back in December.
Breaking: Following @FDRLST reporting that Adam Schiff and his staff doctored a text message between Jim Jordan and former WH chief of staff Mark Meadows, the House Jan. 6 committee has just admitted that it did, in fact, doctor the text message.https://t.co/78aRNyOib7
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 15, 2021
The Guardian report notes that “the exact content and timings of the hearings are still subject to change.”
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