Nearly a year after its creation, the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will make its findings public starting this week, as lawmakers hope to show the American public how the democracy is on the brink of disaster.
The series of hearings that will take place over the next few weeks will begin with a prime-time session on Thursday evening in which the nine-member panel plans to give an overview of its 11-month investigation. More than 1,000 people were interviewed by the panel, and only excerpts of that testimony have been released to the public, mostly through court documents.
What you need to know before the hearing:
WHEN WILL THE HEARING TAKE PLACE?
The first of six hearings is scheduled to go live at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday. It will take place in a large House office building in the United States Capitol complex. Lawmakers plan to call witnesses to testify and display a series of never-before-seen images and exhibits relating to the build-up to the insurgency and the attack itself.
HOW TO WATCH THE HEARING
Several major networks and cable news programs are expected to broadcast the first live audience during prime time. The committee is also expected to stream it live on C-SPAN and its YouTube page.
WHO SHOULD TESTIFY?
The select committee has yet to release details of who is expected to testify on Thursday. But the public hearing, unlike other committee hearings, will be a mix of traditional testimony as well as a multimedia presentation.
WHAT IS THE HEARING?
The first hearing should serve as a table-setter for the rest of the following hearings. The committee, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, plans to present several areas of information it gathered throughout its investigation.
The panel’s investigation has so far been divided into a series of focus areas, including efforts by former President Trump and his allies to cast doubt on the election and end the certification of the victory of President Joe Biden; the financing and organization of rallies in Washington that took place before the attack; security failures by Capitol police and federal agencies; and the actions of the rioters themselves.
WILL THERE BE NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE INSURGENCE?
Several members of the committee have promised new and explosive information following the public hearings, but it is still unclear what this will entail.
Hearings should be comprehensive, but not the final word of the committee. He plans to publish subsequent reports on his findings, including recommendations on legislative reforms, before the midterm elections.