Jan. 6 committee reschedule hearing to July

The House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol is pushing to suspend its hearings for next week and will resume them in July.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee chair, told reporters Wednesday that the committee would postpone the two final hearings scheduled for this month.

“We have included some additional information that will require additional work. So instead of presenting hearings that didn’t have the quality of hearings in the past, we decided to just move in sometime in July,” Thompson said.

Thursday’s hearing will continue as scheduled.

“Since we started, there has been a flood of new evidence. And we just have to catch our breath, go through the new evidence, and then incorporate it into the hearings we have planned,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told reporters.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) similarly mentioned a “mountain of new information.”

“I don’t think we’ve set a date yet, but we’ve received a mountain of new information that we need to go through,” Lofgren told The Hill.

The committee recently received more information from the National Archives, and Raskin said it also received information from various other sources — a comment that comes after the committee flashed its web address in hopes of new witnesses.

The new evidence includes recently turned in video footage of the attack by a British documentary filmmaker, as well as interviews with former President Trump, his adult children and former Vice President Mike Pence – a figure the committee failed to persuade to speak to investigators.

“We received some additional information from a documentary filmmaker that we need to review, and some additional NARA productions that will take a little longer than we anticipated,” Thompson said, using the official acronym for National Archives .

The shift will leave Thursday’s hearing as the last event for the month of June. This session will focus on Trump’s pressure campaign at the Justice Department.

The committee originally planned to hold two more hearings in June, but Thompson reiterated earlier statements that additional hearings beyond the original seven could be announced.

“Further hearings may be required based on the information they are now receiving. We’ll see,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters in the Capitol. “I’m not saying there will be. But there may well be a decision by the committee to hold further hearings on the information gathered as a result of the hearings.”

Mychael Schnell contributed to this report, which was updated at 3:12 p.m

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