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January 6th House Select Committee Plans Public Hearings

January 6th House Select Committee Plans Public Hearings

A new report from The Washington Post indicates that the January 6th House Select Committee is moving into a more public phase of their investigation of the insurrection at the Capitol, with plans to begin holding televised hearings in the new year to tell the story of the day’s events from start to finish.

As the country approaches the first anniversary of that dark and violent day, the public has only seen the testimonies from the police officers injured by the angry mob in the attack. But the panel has released information related to the various subpoenas they’ve sent out, including excerpts of text messages between lawmakers and members of Trump’s inner circle. They have also held televised votes regarding the charges of Contempt of Congress the panel sought for Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows after their refusal to comply with the Committee.

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The WaPo reports that the Select Committee will keep collecting information while seeking testimony from willing witnesses–and those who have been reluctant, a group that now includes Republican members of Congress. The panel is also said to be examining whether to recommend that the Justice Department pursue charges against anyone, including Donald Trump, and whether legislative proposals are needed to help prevent valid election results from being overturned in the future.

According to aides familiar with the matter (who, like others, spoke to the WaPo on the condition of anonymity to describe details of the panel’s work), the Committee had quietly taken in a massive amount of information after interviewing more than 300 witnesses. They subsequently announced a flurry of more than 50 subpoenas after obtaining more than 35,000 pages of records and receiving hundreds of telephone leads through the January 6th tip line.

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The WaPo says that five teams behind the investigation have begun to merge their findings. The topics include: the money and funding streams for the “Stop the Steal” rallies and events; the misinformation campaign and online extremist activity; how agencies across the government were preparing for the January 6th rally; the pressure campaigns to overturn the election results or delay the electoral certification; and the organizers of the various events and plans for undermining the election.

Read the full story at the Washington Post.

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