Day 3 of the January 6 hearings, originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2022, has been postponed, the committee announced. A new date for that hearing has not yet been decided. The committee will still hold its previously scheduled hearing Thursday, June 16.
Jan. 6 committee member Pete Aguilar told NPR it is likely that the hearing originally scheduled for Wednesday would be moved to next week, “although he cautioned that the calendar continues to be fluid,” NPR reported.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Hearing That Was Scheduled for Wednesday Will Focus on Trump’s Alleged Plot to Sway or Replace the U.S. Attorney General
The third committee hearing that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 15 will focus on an alleged plot waged by former President Donald Trump to sway, or possibly replace, the U.S. Attorney General in an attempt to lend legitimacy to false election claims, according to The Washington Post. The Post reported that Jeff Rosen, the U.S. Attorney General at the time, will testify, along with his deputy Richard Donoghue and Justice Department official Steve Engel. The testimony of the three men is scheduled for the morning of June 15.
“Rosen was the nation’s top law enforcement official during Trump’s final days in office. He was pressured by Trump allies to send a letter from the Justice Department to state officials about false election fraud claims — thus lending them legitimacy — and refused,” the Post reported.
Each hearing day will include a theme, the Post reported. The theme of Wednesday’s hearing is to show evidence that Trump “corruptly planned” to replace the sitting Justice Department officials with people who were his allies.
The hearing will continue Thursday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. The formal schedule has not been announced for the following hearings dates.
Conflicting Reasons Were Given for the Postponed Hearing
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., told reporters on Capitol Hill that they were not facing any issues with witnesses, but that they postponed the hearing day due to “technical issues, according to ABC News.
“It’s just technical issues. I mean, we were, you know, the staff putting together all the videos, you know, doing 1-2-3, It was overwhelming, so we’re trying to give them a little room,” she said. “It’s not a big deal.”
Lofgren said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that there was a production strain. “…putting together the video exhibits is an exhausting exercise for our very small video staff … it’s just too much to put it all together,” Lofgren said.
However, a committee aide told ABC that assessment was not accurate, and that the hearing was “postponed to accommodate scheduling demands.” The committee then put out a statement saying, “The postponement is due to a number of scheduling factors, including production timeline and availability of members and witnesses.”
Aguilar told CNN the schedule for the hearings has “always been fluid.”
“We’re going to move forward and have a Thursday hearing and then get ready for hearings next week as well,” Aguilar said. “As we’ve said, it continues to be fluid, and we’re getting ready for Thursday. We just want to make sure that you all have the time and space to digest all the information that we’re putting out there.”
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