Since early June, lawmakers have brought out the findings from their nearly year-long investigation into the 2021 attacks on US capital.
There is no brief for the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attacks on US capital. (Understandably, “HSCIJ6A” has never been tried.) Instead, it is commonly referred to as the “January 6th Committee.”
Read more: Who is attending the Jan. 6 hearing?
Often working behind closed doors, the group has followed interviews and documents, but proves to be divisive with some conservatives, accusing them of playing politics with the attack.
Most of its work has not been revealed – so far. Here is a rough guide on what we know and what we should expect from these inquiries.
How to watch the Jan. 6 hearing
The June 9 hearing is the first of several planned public hearings to be held throughout the month. The committee has confirmed the time and dates for the following hearings. You can view all inquiries in this playlist.
- EDT on Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. – First Jan. 6 hearing. The first of two prospective prime-time hearings. Watch the day 1 trial.
- EDT on Monday, June 13th at 10am – The inquiry is focusing on some internal sector details by former President Trump about the spread of the false narrative that the 2020 election has been stolen. Watch the Day 2 trial.
- EDT on Thursday, June 16 at 1pm – The inquiry is focused on Trump’s pressure campaign on former Vice President Mike Pence to cancel the 2020 election. Watch the 3rd day trial.
- EDT on Tuesday, June 21st at 1pm – The hearing focused on Trump’s pressure on state officials to cancel the results of the 2020 election, as well as how Trump’s unfounded electoral fraud has wreaked havoc on the lives of election workers and their families. Watch the 4th day trial.
- EDT on Thursday, June 23 at 3 p.m. – The hearing focused on Trump’s pressure campaign on the Justice Department to declare the 2020 election “corrupt.” It is also the last hearing in June.
For major takeaways, Here’s what we learned from the first, second, third and fourth trial.
The committee plans to continue the public hearing in July. President Benny Thompson told reporters on June 22 that the committee has been receiving “a lot of introduction” since the hearings began weeks ago.
The PBS NewsOver broadcasts inquiries with reporting and analysis. Check your local listings to find a PBS station near you, or view a player online here or in the player below.
The fifth Jan. 6 hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23 at 3 PM EDT. Newsroom’s Nicole Ellis will have a live conversation shortly before the proceedings.
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Again what are the basics of the committee? Let’s start with the easy one. The committee consists of nine members:
- Benny Thompson, president of Mississippi
- Six other Democrats: Pete Aguilar, California; Zoe Lofgren, California; Elaine Luria, Va .; Stephanie Murphy, Fla .; Jamie Raskin, Md .; Adam Schiff, California.
- Two Republicans: Liz Cheney, Wyo., And Adam Kinzinger, Ill .;
Who is testifying? The committee is releasing more details one day before the next hearing.
The following people are scheduled to testify at the fifth hearing on June 23:
Here is a shortlist of who has testified before the Jan. 6 panel:
- Caroline Edwards, US Capitol Police Officer injured during the Jan. 6 attack. She suffered a brain injury during the uprising.
- Nick QuestedA documentary filmmaker, he captures the first violent moments of insurgency by US Capitol police officers with his staff.
- Chris StairwaltFormer Fox News political editor
- Benjamin GinsbergElection lawyer
- BJ PakFormer US Attorney for Northern District of Georgia
- Al SmithFormer Philadelphia City Commissioner
- Greg JacobChief Vice President for former Vice President Mike Pence
- J. Michael LuttigFormer federal judge who served in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and was an informal adviser to Pence
- Rusty BowersRepublican member of the Arizona House of Representatives
- Brad RaffensburgSecretary of State of Georgia.
- Gabriel SterlingChief Executive Officer of the Georgia Secretary of State
- Vandria Arshay “Shay” MossA former Georgia election worker
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Bill Steppian, is also expected to attend the hearing on June 13. Shortly before the hearing, however, he referred to the family’s emergency, which prevented him from testifying, the committee said.
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Where did it come from? The committee was created by the House itself in House Resolution or H. Res. 503, crossed 222-190 last June. (Nerd note: “H. Res.” Is generally a non-binding resolution, but how the House creates and regulates committees on its own terms. It does not require Senate approval.)
Why are there so few Republicans? The resolution gives House Speaker Pelosi the sole authority to appoint 13 members to the committee, with five members appointed after consultation with Republican leader Kevin McCarthy. But Pelosi found McCarthy’s two suggestions – Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio and Jim Banks, R-Ind. – Unacceptable, citing concerns that their appointments will seriously affect the investigation of the Jan. 6 events. Republicans were angry, suggesting that Jordan was the leading Republican in the House Judiciary Committee and the head of a large Republican Study Committee.
This triggered a more bitter division. But this led to a panel of like-minded investigators. Two House Republicans, Cheney and Kissinger, told Pelosi that they were interested in serving on the committee. They are also the first to publicly think that former President Donald Trump may have played the role on January 6.
What is the committee trying to do with these hearings? These are not typical congressional hearings. In most hearings, expert witnesses ask questions from both parties and lawmakers are trying to draft legislation. In this case, all committee members share the same view: the January 6 attacks are a coup and have been fueled by political rhetoric and bureaucracy, including Trump.
Members of the committee said on January 6 that members would reveal new details showing “the result of a concerted, multi-pronged effort to undo the results of the 2020 election and the transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.” And in fact, former President Donald Trump was at the center of that effort.
What do we see in the hearings? Again, this is not typical. The committee can basically script what happens in hearings. Members are compromising on what they say and what they hear. Perhaps the biggest difference for viewers is the style of hearing. We are expecting something done by telling a wider television audience. From January 6, extensive video clips and some more powerful interviews were presented to the committee behind closed doors.
The chairman and vice president will make the opening remarks, the committee’s aides said, adding that Thursday’s hearing will include “a small, but meaningful portion” of the roughly 1,000 interviews conducted throughout the investigation. It is expected to include pieces from the Trump administration and campaign officials and Trump family members.
What does the committee want to achieve? Two things. First, to convey the gravity of the January 6th attacks. The panel, in particular, raises questions about the level of involvement of some Republican lawmakers, including Trump.
The second goal of these hearings is to lay the groundwork for criminal cases. All criminal decisions are left to the Department of Justice, but the committee aims to produce evidence for more allegations in some cases.
What about other Republicans? What do they do during the trial? Currently, Republicans who object to these hearings do not have any formal hearings plans of their own, nor do they have any events while the committee is convening. Their strategy, however, is to make their argument for the wind waves, especially in the conservative-leaning media, and that these inquiries are purely political.
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Correction: This story has been updated to fix the date. The first hearing is Thursday 9 June – not 8 June.