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After fifth hearing Thursday, Jan. 6 committee will push other hearings to July


WASHINGTON — The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol is postponing hearings it had originally planned to hold next week until July.

Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told reporters Wednesday that the panel’s next hearing will take place Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

“And the next two hearings will be later in July,” he said.

Thompson had previously said that the committee would squeeze its series of hearings into June.

“We have looked at the body of work that we need to get done and we’ve taken in some additional information that’s going to require additional work,” Thompson said Wednesday.

Whether that will mean adding additional hearings to the schedule, Thompson said is “always a possibility.”

The chairman noted that the committee received hours of additional video footage of Trump and his family from documentary filmmaker Alex Holder. And he said that the committee is in talks to hear from Ginni Thomas, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, but would not elaborate. “She’s answered our letter, and we look forward to continued engagement with her,” he said.

An aide to the committee said Wednesday said that the panel “continues to receive additional evidence relevant to our investigation into the violence of January 6th and its causes.”

“Following tomorrow’s hearing, we will be holding additional hearings in the coming weeks. We will announce dates and times for those hearings soon,” the aide said.

This Thursday’s hearing is expected to focus on Trump’s efforts to pressure top officials at the Department of Justice to push his lies of a stolen election in 2020. The committee had initially planned to hold this hearing last week but delayed it.

Congress will be on a two-week recess for the July Fourth holiday starting next week, though some committees will be holding hearings virtually.

Ranking member Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., previously said that the final two hearings would examine how Trump summoned a violent mob to the Capitol on Jan. 6 and show “a moment-by-moment account of the hourslong attack from more than a half dozen White House staff, both live in the hearing room and via videotaped testimony.”

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