Day 8 of January 6 Committee Hearings Will Be Next Week
The next hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol will be held on Thursday, July 21, at 8:00pm, and will be the last in this cycle. However, the door is open for further public hearings as the committee receives additional information and learns more from others with collaborating evidence.
Next week will concentrate on Donald Trump’s inaction to stop the mob during a 187-minute period when the U.S. Capitol was being attacked. Members of Congress as well as their staffers were endangered by roving bands of Trump supporters who roamed the hallways calling for the hanging of Vice President Mike Pence – gallows had been erected on the capitol’s lawn – and searching for Nancy Pelosi and others.
January 6 committee members have rotated as questioners and facilitators of these hearings. Day 8 will continue in that vein with Virginia Congresswoman Elaine Luria, a 20-year military veteran who lives in Virginia Beach, and Congressman Adam Kinzinger leading the questioning.
In a Virginian-Pilot interview with reporter Katie King, Rep. Luria said, “I think that the committee has more than sufficient information that indicates criminal activity that we need to pass along to the Department of Justice.” She continued:
“Not only did [Trump] fail to act; he deliberately did not act,” Luria said. “He allowed for more than 3 hours (to pass) until it was clear that the violence at the Capitol was not going to result in his desired outcome. Then finally, at around four, he made that speech in the Rose Garden.”
Luria said his statement in the Rose Garden was also problematic.
“If you read the text of it, that was not at all the message that was needed at the time,” she said, adding he did not condemn those who invaded the Capitol.
During Trump’s remarks, he told the rioters they were “very special” and continued to push baseless claims about election fraud.
With Congress set for their August recess and vice-chair Rep. Liz Cheney facing an August primary in Wyoming, the 1/6 Committee has left open the possibility of future hearings as they sort through new information.