Hearings on riots at Capitol continue into July: US Chairman

WASHINGTON — The Jan. 6 House Committee plans to continue its public hearings into July as its probe into the Capitol riots deepens.

Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson told reporters Wednesday that the committee is receiving “a lot of information” — including new documentary footage of Trump’s final months in office — as its year-long investigation, including hearings, into the Jan. 14 attack intensifies. September 2021, and Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election won by Democrat Joe Biden.

Thompson, D-Miss, said Thursday’s committee hearing, designed to highlight former Justice Department officials who testify about Trump’s proposals to reject the election results, would conclude this month’s work. The committee would start again in July.

“We have a new documentary from a person we’re talking to and we need to go through all of his information,” Thompson said, referring to the British filmmaker whose never-before-seen interviews with the former president and his inner circle became these submitted to the committee this week. Footage was taken both before and after the uprising.

Over the past year, the committee has investigated the violence in the Capitol and its causes, interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and produced about 140,000 documents. Nine people died in the attack and its aftermath.

The committee should complete this first round of public hearings in June. However, additional information has become available to the committee, and Congress is expected to put remote and district work on hold for two weeks into the July 4 vacation.

The revelation about the film came to light on Tuesday when British filmmaker Alex Holder revealed he had complied with a congressional subpoena to release all footage he shot in the final weeks of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., indicated Tuesday that the investigation’s schedule could change.

“I would just say the original hearings concluded in June, but we are accumulating new evidence at a tremendous rate every day,” Raskin said. “And so we’re constantly integrating and incorporating the new information that’s coming out.”

He added: “But surely the hearings will be completed before the end of the summer.”

The televised hearings began with a prime-time session this month, and lawmakers said they continue to uncover new tips and information.

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AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

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