A second primetime hearing will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022, by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. The hearing will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern time. It is the final hearing scheduled as of now by the committee, but additional hearings could be added at a later date as the committee continues its work, according to CNN.
“We indicated in June that we were holding this series of hearings to lay out findings to tell you a story. We also said at the beginning of the hearings that we have far more information than we could ever present to the American people in a single series of hearings,” a committee aide told reporters on July 20, according ton CNN. “All I would say is nothing is off the table. I think our members have all indicated there is potential for future hearings. Certainly when we are releasing any sort of Select Committee report, you can expect to see the committee gather around that.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Thursday Night’s Hearing Can Be Watched on TV or Streaming Online
As for the hearing on Thursday, July 21, the broadcast will be available to watch live in multiple ways, whether you have cable or not. The full hearing will be aired on TV by NBC, ABC and CBS, and it will also be live on CNN and MSNBC, according to TV Guide listings.
For those wishing to watch online, it can be watched live live on YouTube. The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol is streaming the hearings live on its YouTube channel. C-SPAN is also streaming the hearings live on its YouTube channel.
The Hearing Is Expected to Focus on What Then-President Donald Trump Was Doing While the Capitol Was Being Attacked
According to CNN, the focus of the Thursday night primetime hearing will be on what then-President Donald Trump was doing while the U.S. Capitol was under attack for 187 minutes, starting with the end of his speech at 1 p.m. to when he released a video at 4:17 p.m. telling the rioters to leave the Capitol.
CNN reports, “Committee aides say that the panel will show how Trump ‘refused to act to defend the Capitol’ while rioters were attacking it. The committee has spoken with multiple former Trump aides who were with him that day – including former White House counsel Pat Cipollone – and their video depositions are expected to be used to help tell the story of what was going on inside the White House on January 6.”
The hearing will be the eighth the committee has held. The committee members are expected to hear testimony from former deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews and former deputy national security advisor Matthew Pottinger. Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the committee, will be leading it remotely after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week, according to his office.
According to NBC News, a committee aide told reporters about the Thursday night hearing, “The story we’re going to tell tomorrow is that in that time, President Trump refused to act to defend that Capitol as a violent mob stormed the Capitol with the aim of stopping the counting of the electoral votes and blocking the transfer of power.” The aide added that Trump was, “directing a mob that he, the former president, knew was armed, pointing them toward the Capitol, telling them to ‘fight like hell’ and march to the Capitol and spurring them down Pennsylvania Avenue,” NBC News reported.