The chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, told reporters Wednesday that the committee was getting “a lot of information” – including new documentary footage of Trump’s final months in office – as his years-long search intensifies hearings in the January 6, 2021 attack and Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, which Democrat Joe Biden won.
Thompson, D-Miss., said Thursday’s committee hearing designed to highlight the former Justice Department officials testify over Trump’s proposals to dismiss the election results would be a conclusion this month’s work. The committee would start again in July.
“We have a new documentary from a person we’re speaking to and we need to go through all of his information,” Thompson said, referring to the British filmmaker whose never-before-seen interviews were conducted with the former president and his inner circle presented to the committee this week. Footage was taken both before and after the uprising.
For the past yearThe committee investigated the violence in the Capitol and its causes, questioned more than 1,000 witnesses and presented around 140,000 documents. Nine people died in the attack and its aftermath.
The committee should complete this first round of public hearings in June. However, additional information has become available to the committee, and Congress is expected to put remote and district work on hold for two weeks into the July 4 vacation.
The revelation about the film came to light on Tuesday when British filmmaker Alex Holder revealed he had complied with a congressional subpoena to release all footage he shot in the final weeks of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., indicated Tuesday that the investigation’s schedule could change.
“I would simply say that the original hearings would have concluded in June, but we are accumulating new evidence at a tremendous rate every day,” Raskin said. “That’s why we’re constantly integrating and incorporating the new information that’s coming out.”
He added: “But the hearings will certainly be completed before the end of the summer.”
The televised hearings started with a prime time session this month, and lawmakers said they continue to uncover new tips and information.
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