Live Coverage: Jan. 6 panel returns to prime time

The House Jan. 6 committee returns to prime time for its eighth hearing, The AP reports — potentially the last time this summer lawmakers will lay out evidence about the U.S. Capitol attack and President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat.

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The hearing is reportedly scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

Thursday’s hearing is expected to focus on what Trump was doing in the White House as violence unfolded on Jan. 6, 2021, The Associated Press explaimes. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who is one of two members leading the hearing, reportedly said he expects it will “open people’s eyes in a big way.”

This will be the panel’s second hearing in prime time. “The first, on June 9, was watched by more than 20 million people,” The AP’s Mary Clare Jalonick writes.

Here’s more on what to watch for in Thursday’s hearing:

TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Committee members have said the hearing will be an “in-depth look at what Trump was doing in the White House that day as hundreds of his supporters violently pushed past police and broke into the building,” Jalonick adds.

The panel has already revealed some of the Trump evidence in previous hearings, “showing clips of multiple White House aides who tried to pressure the president to act, or to publicly call on the rioters to leave, as he watched television in a West Wing dining room,” Jalonick explains.

She adds, “But there are still questions about what the president was doing, especially because official White House records of Trump’s phone calls included an eight-hour gap, from a little after 11 that morning to about 7 that evening.” Click here to read more about what to expect from tonight’s hearing.

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The Associated Press contributed to this article.



Nicole Bennett

Nicole Bennett

CMG Digital Content Producer

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