Over the month of June, the Congressional committee tasked with investigating the Capitol riot will hold a series of public hearings meant to bring public attention to the committee’s findings. The first hearing, held on the evening of June 9th, focused on police officers and participants present inside the Capitol. Subsequent hearings are expected to bring out more evidence of former President Donald Trump’s role in inciting and extending the violence.
Initially organized as a protest and rally for President Trump, the “Save America” rally on January 6th, 2021, escalated into a full-scale attack on the Capitol building over the course of hours. More than 130 US Capitol police were injured in the ensuing chaos, and four responding officers died by suicide in the following months. Speech platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter responded with strict moderation actions, including a network-wide ban on President Trump’s accounts.
The House committee was established to investigate the coordination of the attack, and today’s hearings are likely to be a significant step toward that goal. In a call on Wednesday reported by NBC News, a committee aide said the hearing would bring new information to light showing that the riot was the direct result of former President Trump’s efforts to remain in office after losing the election.
“We will be revealing new details showing that the violence on Jan. 6 was the result of a coordinated, multistep effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election and to stop the transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden,” the aide told reporters, “and indeed that the former president Donald Trump was at the center of that effort.”
Where can I watch the January 6th hearing?
The first hearing can be viewed in its entirety here.
Officially titled “the House select committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol,” the proceedings will be covered live by major cable news networks, including CNN and MSNBC. Notably, Fox News Channel did not carry the first hearing, which some analysts have seen as part of a broader effort to downplay stories related to January 6th.
What time do the January 6th hearings start?
A total of seven public hearings are scheduled from the committee, all of which are expected within the month of June. The schedule is as follows:
- The first hearing took place on Thursday, June 9th, at 8PM ET.
- The second hearing begins on Monday, June 13th, at 10:30AM ET.
- The third hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th, at 10AM.
- The fifth hearing is scheduled for June 21st, although no time has been set.
- No date has been set for the fourth, sixth, and seventh hearings.
Who will testify before the committee?
The first hearing included testimony from US Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards and a documentarian named Nick Quested who was present during the Capitol riot. Edwards had significant injuries as part of the force defending the Capitol, suffering a concussion and skull injury when the crowd forced its way through a barricade. Quested was embedded with the Proud Boys during the attack, but it’s unclear what the focus of his testimony will be.
The second hearing is expected to include video testimony from former Trump campaign counsel Matt Morgan as well as former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt.