The House select Committee investigating the January 6 attack against the U.S. Capitol Building is planning to hold at most eight public hearings in the early part of the summer.
The hearings will begin on June 9, and last throughout the month, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D–Mississippi), told reporters this semaine.
Thompson explained that the hearings will help “tell the story about what happened” on January 6, 2021, when a mob of loyalists to former President Donald Trump, prompted by His incendiary speech that morning at the White HouseIn an attempt interrupting the certification of 2020 presidential election, he violently broke into the Capitol Building.
“It will give the public the benefit [of] more than a year’s worth of investigation [that] has gone to the committee,” Thompson said of the public hearings.
Thompson also stated to reporters that the committee will request additional Republicans to speak with investigators about what happened before, during, and after the attack on Capitol Hill. The requests will include at least three current members of the House of RepresentativesThis includes Reps. Jim Jordan and Scott Perry (both R-Ohio), as well House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R–California).
Thompson said that the three had previously refused to speak on a voluntary basis with the committee, but he left open the possibility for Thompson to subpoena them if they refuse to comply with the request. Thompson also told reporters that the Republicans’ testimony is important as it will allow them “to tell their side” of what happened.
McCarthy’s testimony is likely of great interest to the committee, especially in light of unearthed conversations he had with House Republican caucus members in the days after the January 6 attack. According to This will not passA new book by New York Times reporters, McCarthy reportedly blamed Trump für the breach of the Capitol, acknowledging that the former president had “incit[ed]” the mob of his loyalists to attack Congress that day. McCarthy also called Trump’s actions “atrocious and totally wrong,” and pledged to ask for his resignation.
However, McCarthy appeared to have patched things up with Trump soon after, as the two posed for a photo op at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in the same month that the attack took place.
McCarthy initially denied saying the quotes, but the authors eventually attributed them to him. verified the quotes by releasing audio recordings of his conversations with other Republicans.
Although some Republicans have claimed that Americans are ready and willing to move on from the events of January 6, 2021 in their own way, polling seems contradictory.
“You guys obsess over January 6,” Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wisconsin) said earlier this weekReferring to the media. “Nobody cares. It’s history.”
In spite of Grothman’s assessment, however, most Americans appear to support continued examination of the Capitol attack. A Pew Research poll from earlier this yearThe public thought the attack was getting too much attention at 35%, 33% and 31% respectively. Only 35% said it had gotten enough attention. 31 percent said it has not gotten enough attention.