TV Network Executive Producing Jan. 6 Panel’s Prime-Time Hearing

TV Network Executive Producing Jan. 6 Panel's Prime-Time Hearing james goldston speaks at an awards show in new york city James Goldston (Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Monday, 06 June 2022 09:50 AM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's partisan Jan. 6 select committee has employed a former network executive in an attempt to turn Thursday's prime-time hearing into must-see TV, Axios reported Monday.

The panel, comprised of Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans, was relying on former ABC News President James Goldston to produce the prime-time hearing, Axios reported Monday.

Goldston, a British-American who ran ABC's "Good Morning America" and "Nightline," has been tasked with taking what the committee believes is explosive material and turning it into a captivating multimedia presentation for the prime-time hearing, Axios reported.

The committee wants the prime-time hearing to draw the attention of Americans who haven't followed its probe in hopes that the Jan. 6 events resonate in voters' minds as the November midterm elections approach.

Axios reported that Goldston was "busily producing Thursday's 8 p.m. ET hearing as if it were a blockbuster investigative special."

The House committee investigating events surrounding the Jan. 6 attack will go public with its findings in prime time in the first of a series of hearings in June.

Axios reported that material the committee compiled included:

  • More than 1,000 depositions and interviews.
  • More than 140,000 documents.
  • 472 tips received through the committee's online tip line.

Axios also said the select committee gained access to official Jan. 6, 2021 White House photographs that have never been seen publicly. Also, only a small amount of the surveillance footage from inside the Capitol has been shown.

ABC and CBS already have said they planned to interrupt evening programming for live coverage of the hearing.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Sunday the select Jan. 6 House committee was going "beyond its legislative scope" and conducting a "criminal investigation" of political foes.

In an interview on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," McCarthy declared "our role in the House is legislative."

"This committee is … beyond its legislative scope," he said. "There are separations of powers. The House does not have [the power of] criminal investigation … what they're doing in this committee is going after their political foes, their opponents."

McCarthy late last week sent the committee an 11-page letter to in which his lawyer called into question the legitimacy of the Jan. 6 select committee.

The letter, delivered on Friday by attorney Elliot S. Berke, was in response to a subpoena by the select committee against McCarthy.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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