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What will they reveal about Trump’s role in the Capitol riot?


The House Select Committee to Investigate January 6 attack on the United States Capitol will hold the first of at least six public hearings in a rare prime-time session on Thursday night to show the American public what they have learned so far about the riot and the role of the former president Donald Trump.

The chairman of the committee, Representative Bennie Thompson, said last week that lawmakers plan to use a “combination of witnesses, exhibits, things that we have across the tens of thousands of exhibits that we have […] examined, as well as the hundreds of witnesses that we have testified or just talked to in general.”

CBS News will air the hearing as a special report on all CBS stations beginning at 8 p.m., anchored by “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell. She will be joined by CBS News chief political analyst John Dickerson; chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa; chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes; Chief National Affairs and Justice Correspondent Jeff Pegues; and Chief Congressional Correspondents Nikole Killion and Scott MacFarlane.

Committee aides said the first hearing would be treated as an opening statement, with committee members sharing their initial findings on the attack. They will also preview upcoming hearings.

“We will reveal new details showing that the January 6 violence was the result of a coordinated, multi-stage effort to overturn the 2020 election results and stop the transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden, and indeed that Le President Donald Trump was at the center of this effort,” a select committee aide said. “We will remind people of what happened that day. We will bring the American people back to the reality of that violence and remind them how horrific it was.”

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will make its findings public beginning Thursday, June 9.

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The committee plans to unveil “a whole bunch of new material,” including never-before-seen documents, videos and audio it has obtained. The hearing will feature in-person witnesses as well as recorded testimony from witnesses the committee interviewed during the inquiry. These witnesses include Trump White House officials, senior Trump administration officials, Trump campaign officials, and members of the Trump family.

The committee interviewed more than 1,000 people, gathered more than 140,000 documents and received nearly 500 “substantial” tips on its whistleblower line. Members spent nearly a year reviewing documents and hearing testimony from people ranging from former Trump officials to Capitol police to riot defendants.

Thursday’s hearing will be led by Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, committee aides said. An aide said Thompson will “place Jan. 6 in a larger historical context and speak to the aberration of that day in the history of American democracy.” Committee aides said there will likely be opening statements from Thompson and Cheney, followed by “background” multimedia presentations and then live testimony.

The committee will also make legislative recommendations on how to prevent another attack from occurring.

The committee has also scheduled the next two public hearings for Monday, June 13 at 10 a.m. ET and Wednesday, June 15 at 10 a.m. ET.

Cheneyone of only two Republicans on the committee, says “CBS Sunday morning” she is confident that what they have found as a committee will make the American people wake up and pay attention.

“You know, we’re not in a situation where former President Trump expressed remorse over what happened,” Cheney said. “We’re actually in a situation where he continues to use even more extreme language, frankly, than the language that provoked the attack. And so, people have to be careful. People have to watch, and they have to understand at how easily our democratic system can unravel if we don’t defend it.”

The select committee announced Tuesday night that it plans to call two witnesses on Thursday: Nick Quested, a filmmaker who shadowed the Proud Boys on January 6, and Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards, the first officer of the forces of the order hurt by rioters storming the Capitol grounds. Edwards suffered a traumatic brain injury and has not been able to return to work since the attack, according to the committee.

Quest will likely face questions about the footage he shot both in the days leading up to January 6 and the day of the attack, when he followed a group of Proud Boys as they stormed the Capitol. The leader and four members of this far-right group face charges of seditious conspiracy.

James Goldston, who worked for nearly two decades at ABC News as executive producer and eventual president of the news division, is helping the committee prepare for its presentation, which is expected to include audio and video.

Committee member representative Jamie Raskin told CBS News’ “Red & Blue” in May that the committee had divided the material into chapters “that will allow the narrative to flow.”

The nine-person committee is made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans. Creation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the committee despite opposition from Republicans to investigate the origins of the attack, which took place after then-President Trump encouraged his supporters to “walk down” to the United States Capitol while Electoral College votes were counted. “If you don’t fight like hell, you won’t have a country anymore,” he said. In the ensuing riot, five people died, including a Capitol police officer.

Democratic control The House votes to impeach Trump a week later, but he was acquitted by the Senate.

Several of Trump’s closest supporters appeared before the committee, including his children Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. But others have refused to comply with subpoenas, including former chief of staff Mark Meadows and former adviser Steve Bannon, who has been charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the subpoena.

Zak Hudak contributed to his report.


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