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Capitol Riot Panel Plans at Least Eight Public Hearings in June


Congress’ official probe into the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol will be the subject of at least eight public hearings in June, some during “prime-time” television evening hours, ithe probe’s chair said on Thursday.

Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, who leads the House Select Committee on Jan. 6, told reporters at the Capitol some of the hearings would take place during normal workday hours and some in the evening.

He had said earlier this week that the panel, which had planned public hearings in May, now planned hearings in June, before issuing a report in early autumn, which would be before the November mid-term elections.

The committee is trying to establish then-President Donald Trump’s actions while thousands of protesters attacked police, vandalized the Capitol and sent members of Congress and then-Vice President Mike Pence running for their lives. Congress had been meeting to formally certify Democrat Joe Biden’s defeat of the Republican Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.

Trump and his allies allege massive fraud in the election.

More than 900 people, including many Trump White House aides, have been interviewed in the committee’s investigation.

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