Wednesday 22 June 2022 11:26 PM House January 6 committee is lining up MORE hearings for July trends now
The House January 6 committee is lining up more hearings into July after drawing millions of viewers to its televised probe of efforts by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the election.
Panel chair Rep. Bennie Thompson told reporters about the change Wednesday, a day after the panel's fourth recent public hearing in a series that kicked off with a prime-time event.
He credited the move to the committee receiving 'a lot of information,' including from a British filmmaker who voluntarily handed over hours of footage he shot of former President Donald Trump and family members including Ivanka Trump in Trump's final months in office – including in the days before and after the Capitol riot.
The prime time hearing last week drew 20 millions viewers, and daytime hearings have drawn 10 million, as the panel featured live witnesses and videotaped testimony of members of Trump's inner circle – and replayed clips of former Attorney General Bill Barr calling Trump's election fraud claims 'bull****.'
House January 6 chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said the select committee's hearings would continue into July, after the committee obtained new documentary footage of Trump and family members plus material from the National Archives
Thompson, D-Miss., said the committee's Thursday hearing, which is set to highlight former Justice Department officials testifying about Trump's proposals to reject the election results, would wrap up this month's work. The committee would start up again in July.
'We have a new documentary from a person that we're talking to, and we got to look through all his information,' Thompson said, referring to the British filmmaker whose never-before-seen interviews with the former president and his inner circle were turned over to the committee this week. The footage was taken both before and after the insurrection.
He also cited new documents being turned over by the National Archives, following earlier transfers that were approved by White House lawyers, as well as new tips of information.
Panel Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told CNN new tips are coming into the committee 'daily.'
Thursday's hearing will feature former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen, as well as