Capitol Riots hearing: Date, time, and how to live stream Jan 6 House committee findings

The first of at least six public hearings by the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will be held on Thursday, June 9 evening


                            Capitol Riots hearing: Date, time, and how to live stream Jan 6 House committee findings
The House select committee will hold its first highly anticipated public hearing investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on Thursday, June 9 evening (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
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The House select committee has been investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol for one year. Over the last year, the committee has carried out a rigorous investigation into the attack, the committee has interviewed hundreds of witnesses and pored over thousands of hours of video footage and more than 100,000 pages of documents. The committee chair, Rep Bennie Thompson, recently said that they plan to use a "combination of witnesses, exhibits, things that we have through the tens of thousands of exhibits we've [...] looked at, as well as the hundreds of witnesses we deposed or just talked to in general."

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The House committee is all set for its first highly anticipated public hearing on Thursday, June 9 evening. The panel said that the June 9 hearing---the first of several to be held in June – will “provide the American people with a summary of our findings of the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election”.“This is the committee’s opportunity to put together a coherent narrative for the American public,” said Diana C Mutz, a professor of political science and communication at the University of Pennsylvania. As America gears up for the committee's findings, here's a guide on how to watch and what to expect from the hearing. 

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When to watch?

The public hearings will be televised in prime time and all the hearings will run throughout June. The first of the at least 6 hearings will be telecast on June 9. The committee will begin the session at 8 pm Eastern time.

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Where to watch?

All the major broadcast networks including CBS News, and New York Times, will provide live video streaming of the public hearing along with the live discussions and analysis from the reporters. CBS News will broadcast the hearing as a Special Report on all CBS stations starting at 8 pm anchored by "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell.

Who are on the panel?

The panel constitutes nine members, seven Democrats, and two Republicans who will work together to find what led to 2021’s infamous violence at the US Capitol. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created the committee despite opposition from Republicans to investigate the origins of the attack, which took place after then-President Trump encouraged his supporters to "walk down" to the U.S. The names on the committee include Bennie Thompson, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, Elaine Luria, Jamie Raskin, Stephanie Murphy, Pete Aguilar, Adam Schiff and Zoe Lofgren.

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images).

What will the panel cover?

The committee has promised to show "previously unseen material" at the hearings. Members have spent nearly a year reviewing documents and hearing testimony from people ranging from former Trump officials to Capitol police to riot defendants. Cheney, one of only two Republicans on the committee, told "CBS Sunday Morning" she is confident what they found as a committee will make the American people wake up and pay attention.

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◉ The committee leaders will provide a complete timeline of the riot, beginning with the 2020 election and extending through the riot itself and its aftermath.

◉ The panel will also present evidence linking Donald J. Trump's 2020 presidential campaign and rioters attacking the Capitol.

◉ The hearing is also expected to highlight the involvement of the Proud Boys in storming the Capitol. The leader and four members of that far-right group are facing charges of seditious conspiracy.

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Who will be there to testify?

The select committee will present two witnesses: Nick Quested, a filmmaker who followed the Proud Boys, and Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards on January 6 and documented the riots that morning. The second witness is the first law enforcement officer injured by rioters storming the Capitol grounds. Edwards suffered a traumatic brain injury and has not been able to return to work since the attack, according to the committee.

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The possible outcomes of the trial

Debra Perlin, policy director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-profit group that has pushed for answers and accountability for the Capitol riot, said she expects the panel “to paint a narrative” about how January 6 “really brought our country to the brink of not just a constitutional crisis but a crisis of democracy”. "While the committee’s powers are limited – it can make criminal referrals to the US Department of Justice, but it is ultimately up to the department on whether to lay charges"– Perlin told Al Jazeera.

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Keyssar at Harvard added that the committee’s work provides an important public record, and it also could have political ramifications going forward, as the US is preparing for critical midterm elections in November.

When will the next hearing be?

The committee’s next hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 13 at 10 am. The panel has yet to announce dates and times for subsequent sessions, but it is expected to hold two more next week and others the following week. The committee plans to release its final report in September, ahead of the midterm elections. 

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