A House Select Committee will resume investigative hearings Monday morning into the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol with former President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, a former Fox News political editor and three other witnesses having to testify.
The hearing is scheduled to begin around 10 a.m. ET on Monday and will also have daytime hearings on Wednesday and Thursday this week following a primetime hearing last Thursday evening.
The witness chair on Monday is Bill Stepien, who was once Trump’s campaign manager. Stepien worked on the Trump campaign in 2016, then as White House political director under Trump. During the final stages of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, Stepien was moved to campaign manager to replace Brad Parscale.
Stepien then became a member of Trump’s legal team to challenge the 2020 vote count in several states. The committee is expected to question Stepien’s role in the “Stop the Steal” movement on Monday.
Stepien is currently assisting the campaign of Harriet Hageman, a challenger to Republican Rep. Wyoming Liz Cheney, who serves as vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee.
Stepien was subpoenaed last November.
Chris Stirewalt, the former political editor of Fox News, is also due to testify on Monday. Stirewalt was part of a Fox News team that collectively decided to call Arizona for current President Joe Biden on the night of the 2020 election. This enraged Trump and his campaign, prompting complaints about the network d information by cable.
Stirewalt said last week that he hoped the American public would have “clear eyes and strong feet” after the next few days.
“This is the first time in the history of the country that we have really threatened the peaceful transfer of power,” Stirewalt said in The hill. “We need to make sure that doesn’t happen in 2024.”
Stirewalt, who is no longer at Fox News but a critic of the network, did not say exactly what he would testify on Monday. He wrote an editorial in the Los Angeles Times who said the “informational calories” for Americans seeking information have “worsened” over time.
“Americans are gorging themselves daily on empty calories of information, indulging in their sugary doses of self-stated half-truths and even outright lies,” Stirewalt wrote. “Can anyone really be surprised that the problem has gotten worse in recent years?
Attorney Benjamin Ginsberg is also due to testify on Monday. Ginsberg is a professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and a well-known conservative election lawyer. He co-chaired the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, a committee that aims to improve the administration of elections.
The committee will also grill BJay Pak, a former US attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. Pak, who became the first Korean-American to serve as a lawyer at that level, resigned just days before the Capitol riots on Jan. 6, 2021.
The fifth testimony on Monday will come from former Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, who served as his city’s Republican election official in 2020. When Schmidt refused to say his city’s election was rigged, it angered Trump and his top campaign aides.