The House congressional committee investigating Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will hold its next public hearing on Sept. 28, vowing unseen “significant witness testimony,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the panel’s chairman confirmed on Wednesday.
“I can say that unless something else develops, this hearing at this point is the final hearing,” Thompson told reporters. “But it’s not (set) in stone because things happen.”
It wasn’t 100% clear if any new witnesses would appear or if the committee would only use previously unseen footage of past witnesses.
“We’ve had significant witness testimony that we haven’t used in other hearings,” Thompson said. “So this is an opportunity to use some of that material.”
Thompson suggested the hearing would have a different format from the previous sessions, which featured one or two lawmakers leading questioning. The finale will rather include all the committee members, Thompson said.
The committee’s hearings have attracted surprisingly large national television audiences, putting the lie to Republican claims that Americans aren’t interested in finding out the full truth about what happened on Jan. 6.
The hearing will be the first one since the bombshell search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida resort home on Aug. 8.
The explosive search was aimed at recovering classified documents that Trump improperly took with him when he left office. It’s possible that some of the seized items might shed light on his role in the insurrection aimed at overturning his loss in the 2020 presidential election.
Previous hearings took dead aim at Trump’s effort to use phony fraud claims to incite his loyal supporters to attack the Capitol after his fiery speech at a rally.
Republican state election officials detailed Trump’s efforts to bully them into changing results in his favor.
White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson also divulged that Trump physically accosted Secret Service agents in an effort to get them to drive him to the Capitol to lead the attack that was designed to prevent Congress from certifying the election results.
The biggest unanswered questions about Jan. 6 involve former Vice President Mike Pence. Although his top aides testified, Pence has so far resisted saying what he knows about Trump’s big lie campaign and being hunted down by Trump loyalists chanting “hang Mike Pence.”