The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack (more commonly known as the January 6 Committee) is holding a series of hearings to share the finding of a year-long investigation into the January 6 Capitol riot. The investigation included the review of over 1,000 interviews and 125,000 records.
Many broadcast and cable news networks will be airing the hearings in their entirety. During the hearings, the committee will be sharing witness testimonies, clips from recorded interviews, and video footage.
The committee announced in a public statement before the hearings aired that it "will present previously unseen material documenting January 6th, receive witness testimony, and provide the American people an initial summary of its findings of the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power."
The first two hearings took place on Thursday, June 9, and Monday, June 13.
The third session, originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, was postponed due to "technical issues," according to Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California as reported by CNN. The hearing took place Thursday, June 16 at 1 p.m. ET. That was followed by the fourth hearing on Tuesday, June 21 and the fifth on Thursday, June 23.
While the remaining hearings were originally set for July, a sixth hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 at 1 p.m. ET "to present recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony."
The previous hearings are all available to stream for free on the Select Committee's YouTube channel, along with short recap videos.
All major broadcast networks and major cable news networks are planning to air the upcoming hearings live, with the exception of Fox News which "will cover the hearings as news warrants," according to a press release, but will otherwise keep its normal programming schedule intact.
Those interested in watching live coverage of the hearing can tune into ABC, CBS, or NBC, C-Span, CNN, MSNBC, and other news channels on live TV streaming services including DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, and YouTube TV.
There are nine members of the bipartisan committee:
Two witnesses testified during Thursday's hearing - U.S. Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards. Edwards was injured on January 6, and Nick Quested, a filmmaker who shot footage of far-right groups in the days around the riot. Several members of those groups, including Enrique Tarrio of the Proud Boys were indicted on seditious conspiracy charges earlier this month.
At the second hearing, former Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien was scheduled to be a witness but could not appear due to a family emergency. Those who did appear included Chris Stirewalt, Former Fox News Political Editor; Benjamin Ginsberg, Election Attorney; BJay Pak, Former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia; and Al Schmidt, Former City Commissioner of Philadelphia.
Two witnesses testified in the third hearing - attorney Greg Jacob and retired Republican judge J. Michael Luttig.
The fourth hearing included two Georgia election officials - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and deputy Gabe Sterling. In January 2021, Trump made a phone call to Raffensperger, asking him to "find" votes that would give him a win in Georgia. Raffensperger refused. He has since spoken to the committee.
Three witnesses testified in the fifth hearing - Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, former acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, and Steven Engel, a top Justice Department official.
NPR confirmed Tuesday morning that the witness in the "surprise" sixth hearing will be Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Mark Meadows, who appeared in a previous trial via video testimony.
In the first hearing, the chair and vice-chair of the committee delivered opening statements. Edwards gave an account from her perspective in the crowd, while Quested shared insight from his interactions with far-right groups. Never before seen footage from January 6 was shown, and viewers saw clips from interviews with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
During the second hearing, the focus was on former President Trump's role in the events of January 6, beginning with the 2020 election. The committee showed more video clips, including Stepien's previously recorded testimony, in which the former campaign manager said that Trump was "growing increasingly unhappy" on election night as the votes came in. The committee also showed portions of former Attorney General William Barr's deposition, in which he called early talk of Trump winning the election "bogus" and "silly."
The third hearing aimed to show that former Vice President Mike Pence was pressured by former president Trump and his lawyer John Eastman to overturn the results of the 2020 election but refused. While giving his testimony, attorney Greg Jacob said that Pence did not consider it his role to determine the election results. It was also revealed during the session that a Proud Boys informant for the FBI said the group "would have killed Mike Pence if given the chance." The committee showed that in an email to Rudy Giuliani, Eastman requested to be on the pardon list. He was denied. Eastman later pleaded the Fifth at least 100 times when speaking to the committee.
The fourth hearing on Tuesday, June 21 included testimonies from two Georgia election officials. The hearing gave insight into Trump allegedly pressuring the officials to overturn the election results in the state. That led into the topic of the fifth hearing - Trump's alleged attempt to use the Justice Department to help with his plan to overturn the election.