The chair, Deputy Bennie Thompson, told reporters on Wednesday that the committee is receiving “a lot of information” — including new documentary footage of Trump’s last months in office — as years of research intensify with hearings in the January 6, 2021 attack, and Donald Trump’s efforts to undo the 2020 election that Democrat Joe Biden won.
Thompson, D-Miss., said Thursday’s committee hearing, which will focus on former Ministry of Justice officials testify on Trump’s proposals to reject the election results this month’s work. The committee would start again in July.
“We have a new documentary of a person we’re talking to, and we need to go 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 handed over to the United States this week. Commission. The images were taken both before and after the uprising.
For the past year, the commission investigated the violence at the Capitol and its causes, interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses and produced some 140,000 documents. Nine people died in the attack and its aftermath.
The commission was supposed to conclude this first round of public hearings in June. But additional information has come to the committee’s attention, and Congress will take a two-week break for remote and district work over the July 4 vacation.
The film’s revelation came to light on Tuesday when British filmmaker Alex Holder revealed that he had complied with a congressional subpoena to hand over all of the footage he shot in the final weeks of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., indicated Tuesday that the study schedule may be changing.
“I’d just say the original hearings would have been completed by June, but we’re collecting new evidence every day at a tremendous speed,” Raskin said. “And so we’re constantly recording and recording the new information that comes out.”
He added: “But the hearings will certainly be concluded before the end of the summer.”
The televised hearings were launched with a prime time session this month, and lawmakers said they are continuing to discover new tips and information.
AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.
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