Jan. 6 Committee Schedules Next Public Hearing for Oct. 13 Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairs the House Jan. 6 committee. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
FARNOUSH AMIRI Thursday, 06 October 2022 01:32 PM EDT
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has scheduled its next hearing for Oct. 13, pushing the investigation back into the limelight less than three weeks before the midterm election that will determine control of Congress.
It will be the panel’s first public session since the summer, when lawmakers worked through a series of tightly scripted hearings that attracted millions of viewers and touched on nearly every aspect of the incident.
The committee had planned to hold the hearing in late September, but postponed as Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida.
The panel — comprising seven Democrats and two Republicans — has not yet provided an agenda, but Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said recently that the hearing would “tell the story about a key element of Donald Trump’s plot to overturn the election.”
Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee's chairman, told reporters last week that the hearing would touch on recent revelations about Save America PAC, Trump's chief fundraising vehicle.
The committee is aiming to wrap up its work by the end of the year and issue a final report and legislative recommendations.
If Republicans take the majority in November’s elections, they are expected to dissolve the committee in January. The panel plans to issue a final report by the end of December that will include legislative reforms it says would help prevent future attempts to subvert democracy.