Behind that, the schedule is in flux – but the committee has indicated that the next public hearings will be in July.
Additional hearings may take place in September – before the November midterm elections.
The panel will usually live-stream its inquiries and most major TV news outlets will broadcast the first four hearings in full. Fox News is the only major news network with the first trial in prime time.
The Washington Post will have anchor coverage and analysis before trial on YouTube and washingtonpost.com. C-SPAN broadcasts all inquiries in full. CNN.com streams inquiries without the need for a cable subscription.
Here are the upcoming witnesses we know so far, though the plans are changing quickly:
- Jeffrey Rosen, then Acting Attorney General: Rosen was the nation’s top law enforcement officer during his last days in Trump’s office. Trump allies were pressured to send a letter from the Justice Department to state officials about false electoral fraud claims – thus giving them legitimacy – and refused.
- Richard Donoghue, Rosen’s deputy at the time (Privately describing Trump’s efforts as “pure insanity”)
- Steven A. Engel, Then head of the legal counsel’s office
Although some prominent Trump allies and top Republican members of Congress have refused to testify, the committee is headed by former Attorney General William P. Wright. Barr and Trump played clips from interviews taped by nearly half a dozen Trump aides, including their eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump.
One of the panel’s first witnesses, a Capitol police officer, was severely injured in the attack, giving cold evidence to what Carolyn Edwards called “a scene of war.” The Proud Boys, a documentary embedded with Nick Quest, described evidence that the right-wing, extremist group was planning to attack the Capitol and that the violence was not voluntary.
The second hearing included evidence that former Trump campaign staff, conservative election law experts and the Republican city commissioner in Philadelphia saw no evidence that the election was a theft. Yet Trump has publicized these claims, over and over again.
The third trial involved testimony from Greg Jacob, Pence’s former top attorney, and how Trump’s lawyers pressured the vice president to cancel election results. “It is unequivocal that the vice president has no right to reject the elected,” he told the committee. At this time, Pence was a retired federal judge who advised J. Michael Luttig testified that Trump’s plan was “the first constitutional crisis since the establishment of the republic.”
The fourth hearing was about how Trump and his allies pressed state officials to cancel the 2020 results, and that campaign took a personal toll. Elected officials, including Arizona House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers (R) and Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), provided shocking emotional testimony about the threats and harassment that followed Trump’s public comments. Vandria Arsai “Shay” Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, a former Georgia election activist, also testified, explaining how Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, elevated their lives by making false accusations of voting fraud.
Here’s what we know about the following inquiries:
- Thursday’s hearing focuses on Trump’s pressure campaign on the Justice Department after he “corruptly planned” to replace top officials with his allies
- In subsequent hearings, the committee will reconsider Trump’s actions on the day of the attack. The committee alleges that right-wing groups have been “called upon” to attack the Capitol, after which their allies and family opposed calls for the attackers to go home.
We expect that the January 6 panel will answer 6 questions
The key question to watch is: Will the committee conclude that Trump committed a crime by deliberately trying to block congressional confirmation of Biden’s victory on January 6, 2021? At the committee’s first prime-time hearing, Vice President Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Repeatedly used the word “corrupt” to describe Trump’s actions, a key word in determining whether Trump violated the law. The committee knew that Trump knew his electoral fraud rights were false but he somehow pushed him to stay in office. (The power of Congress is limited here: Finally, the Justice Department must decide whether to prosecute.)
Another question the committee needs to keep in mind is: how to keep the public concerned about the intricate details of the attack, which is more than a year old. In his opening remarks, Cheney said that Trump’s actions pose a danger to the republic: “When the president fails to take the necessary steps to protect our union or cause a constitutional crisis,” he said, “We are at the peak.. “
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