- The House panel probing the Capitol riots aims to hold a lengthy public hearing next year that details “in vivid colour” the events of January 6, including those of former President Donald Trump’s White House.
- Republican Representative Liz Cheney said the select committee aims to hold “several weeks of public hearings” in 2022, the year of crucial midterm elections.
- Less than a day ago, the panel voted to pursue contempt proceedings for former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clarke for alleged disobedience of a subpoena.
The House panel probing the deadly invasion of the US Capitol aims to hold lengthy public hearings next year to detail the January 6 events “in vivid colour” at both the Capitol and former President Donald Trump’s White House, Rep. . R-Wyo., said on Thursday.
Cheney, the select committee’s deputy chairman and one of its two Republican members, said the panel aims to hold “several weeks of public hearings” sometime in 2022, a year of crucial midterm elections where the GOP must retake majority control. expected to achieve. At least one chamber of Congress.
“Those hearings will be exactly what happened every minute of the day here on January 6 at the Capitol and the White House, and what led to that violent attack,” Cheney told the House Rules Committee hearing.
Cheney revealed the plans less than a day after the select committee voted to pursue contempt proceedings for former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark over alleged disregard for documents and a summons to testimony. .
Investigators voted on Wednesday evening unanimously for a report recommending that the House hold Clark in contempt. Rules committee chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said Thursday morning that his panel would not yet rule on that report, as Clark was being given another chance to appear before investigators on Saturday.
Clarke is the second Trump aide to be charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with committee subpoenas. Previously, former White House senior adviser Steve Bannon was held by the House for contempt and later indicted by a federal grand jury on two criminal counts. He has pleaded not guilty.
Cheney’s frequent condemnation of Trump over the Capitol riot, and his participation on the January 6 committee, have made him the target of criticism from the former president and many of his Republican allies.
Cheney was fired from his leadership role after he refused to stop criticizing Trump for spreading a false conspiracy theory that rigged the 2020 election.
Hundreds of Trump supporters, many of whom claimed they wanted to reverse President Joe Biden’s victory in the election, stormed the Capitol on January 6 and forced Congress into hiding.
Trump never acknowledged Biden, and continued to spread baseless conspiracy theories about election fraud, even as he indicated he could run for president again in 2024. Trump was impeached in the House for inciting attempted rebellion, but was acquitted in the Senate. The conviction requires 60 votes.