The third day of the January 6 hearing coverage will no longer be held at 10 a.m. June 15, 2022, as the House select committee resumes the schedule to televise hearings detailing its investigation into the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The hearing originally scheduled for Wednesday will be held at a new date to be determined, and the hearing originally scheduled for Thursday will still take place on that date.
The Jan. 6 hearings will resume Thursday, June 16, 2022.
The hearings began Thursday, June 9, 2022, and the second day of hearings was held Monday, June 13. There may be as many as eight days of hearings in June, and the hearings could continue with a final hearing in September, according to a schedule compiled by Deadline.
Here’s what you need to know:
The 3rd Committee Hearing Will Focus on Trump’s Alleged Plot to Sway or Replace the U.S. Attorney General
The third committee hearing 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.
Representative Zoe Lofgren Called the Attack ‘a Direct & Predictable Result’ of Trump’s False Claims
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said during opening statements that the attack on the U.S. Capitol directly resulted from Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen.
“The attack on January 6 was a direct and predictable result of Mr. Trump’s decision to use false claims of election fraud to overturn the election and to cling to power,” Lofgren said during the televised hearing.
Rep. Liz Cheney, vice chair of the committee, said that Trump had a seven-part plan “overseen by President Trump to overturn the 2020 election.” The second day of hearings was designed to lay out one of the initial parts of that plan, she said in her opening statement Monday.
“Today, we are looking at the initial part of that plan: President Trump’s effort to convince millions of Americans that the election was stolen from him by overwhelming fraud,” Cheney said.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the committee, said Trump knew he lost the election.
“But he betrayed the trust of the American people. He ignored the will of the voters. He lied to his supporters and the country. And he tried to remain in office after the people had voted him out—and the courts upheld the will of the people,” Thompson said.
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