January 6 hearings: How to watch as Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney lay out case against Trump
After nearly a year, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol is set to present its findings in a much-anticipated public hearing Thursday night.
The Democrat-led panel spent 11 months searching for the cause of last year’s uprising when Donald Trump supporters tried to stop Congress from certifying the ballots for Joe Biden’s election victory.
Now armed with hundreds of witness statements, thousands of hours of footage and more than 100,000 pages of evidence, lawmakers believe they can contextualize the Capitol riots in a broader plan by Trump and his allies to undermine American democracy and the 2020 election.
“I think it’s very important for the American people to understand how the attack unfolded, to understand what provoked the attack,” the committee’s vice chair, Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney, said on Dispatch Live. tuesday.
The panel reportedly even recruited former ABC News president James Goldston to turn their combination of footage, live testimonials, images and videotaped testimonials into a blockbuster presentation of evidence.
When is the hearing?
The first of six sessions is Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The next hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 13 at 10 a.m.
It’s not yet clear when the next four will be, but two more are expected next week, according to the New York Times.
The remaining two hearings are reportedly set to take place next week.
Selected House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol has heard more than 1,000 witnesses
How can I watch?
There are a number of ways to watch the primetime hearing both online and on television.
DailyMail.com will have its own live stream of the event, as well as live blog coverage.
For live analysis and reporter commentary, the Washington Post will begin its online programming at 7 p.m. ET Thursday. CBSN, the streaming arm of CBS News, will also provide live coverage from the outlet’s website.
Every major broadcast network interrupts scheduled television to bring the hearing live.
Two of the ‘big three’ cable networks – CNN and MSNBC – will follow.
Fox News has announced it will not be showing the event, meaning viewers there will tune in to Tucker Carlson’s regularly scheduled timeslot instead.
The committee will hear Thursday from British documentary maker Nick Quested and Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards, DailyMail.com has learned.
Embedded in the far-right group, Quested is said to have video evidence of its members’ confrontations with law enforcement officers outside the Capitol, as well as other key findings about its activities.
The panel, composed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is made up of seven Democratic lawmakers and two Republicans
He was also in the room for a meeting between Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and Stewart Rhodes, the leader of another far-right group called the Oath Keepers, Politico reported.
On the other side of the conflict that day, Edwards will testify about her experience defending the Capitol from rioters.
She was injured in a cleanup that day linked to members of the Proud Boys while defending the complex and suffered a concussion.
In addition to these live testimonials, the committee is also expected to show some of the hundreds of hours of videotaped testimonials it has recorded over the past 11 months.
Nick Quested is a filmmaker who was documenting the Proud Boys on and before January 6th
Viewers were able to see some of the hour-long interviews of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the ex-president’s daughter and son-in-law who were also his senior White House advisers when the riots took place. Sources told the Washington Post late last week that their testimonies will make for “gripping television” if eventually shown during the hearings.
The paper also reported that a central focus of the hearings in general will be the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, who was an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the uprising.
Hutchinson was alleged to have told the panel last month that Trump favored rioters chanting “Hang Mike Pence” — while the former vice president was still inside the Capitol complex.
The former aide is likely to testify live in addition to what she told the committee behind closed doors, Saturday’s report said.
What will I learn?
The combination of videos and images with live testimonies is intended to show the American public just how close their democracy has come to breaking point.
“It’s a pretty dramatic story and it needs to be told in a dramatic way,” Democrat Adam Schiff told NPR.
The panel is also expected to hear from the other side of the conflict with testimony from Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards (pictured on CBS Evening News), who is believed to be the first officer injured while defending the complex on 6 January.
Thursday’s hearing is expected to summarize the events on the day of the Capitol riots and contextualize it in Trump’s broader alleged plot to reverse his presidential election loss.
“I think we’ll be in a position to show some sort of initial set of findings and start to walk through what happened and make sure we take the necessary legal action so it never happens again.” Cheney said Tuesday.
The Wyoming conservative told Dispatch Live that the coming weeks will also contain damning evidence about Trump from his former allies themselves.
“You’ll hear from the Republicans who worked in his administration. You’ll be hearing from Republican state officials,” she said.
“For example, you hear from people who understood that the election was lost, who told him that there was no fraud at a level that would have reversed the result.”
And the testimonies of Quested and Edwards are a sign that the first in a series of six lawmakers’ hearings will focus heavily on the Proud Boys, who were accused of playing a central role in instigating the day’s violence and coordinating from Trump supporters to the Capitol.