Jan. 6 hearings to resume next week with focus on domestic extremists
By Luke Broadwater
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol plans to hold a hearing next Tuesday to reveal its findings about the connections between former President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election and the domestic violent extremist groups that helped to organize the siege on Congress.
The panel announced that the session would take place Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern time. It is expected to be led by Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., who plan to chart the rise of the right-wing domestic violent extremist groups that attacked the Capitol and how Trump amassed and inspired the mob. The panel also plans to detail known links and conversations between political actors close to Trump and extremists.
The hearing will be the first since the explosive, surprise testimony last week by Cassidy Hutchinson, a junior-level aide in Trump’s White House who came forward to provide a damning account of the president’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021. She recounted how Trump, knowing his supporters were armed and threatening violence, wanted to relax security measures to allow them to move around Washington freely, urging them to march to the Capitol and seeking to join them there.
She testified to having overheard a conversation in which Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff and her boss at the time, said that Trump had privately sided with the rioters as they stormed the building and called for the hanging of Vice President Mike Pence, saying that he deserved it and that his supporters were doing what they should be doing.
The select committee has held seven public hearings to date, beginning with one last year in which it highlighted the testimonials of four police officers who battled the mob and helped secure the Capitol.
After conducting more than 1,000 interviews, the committee began a series of public hearings last month to lay out the findings of its investigation, including one in which it focused heavily on the role the Proud Boys extremist group played in the storming of the building.
The next session focused on how Trump spread the lie of a stolen election even as he was told repeatedly that the vote was legitimate, ripping off his donors and deceiving his supporters in the process. Subsequent hearings focused on how Trump pressured Pence, state officials and the Justice Department in a barrage of increasingly desperate efforts to overturn the election.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Raskin declined to provide specific details about communications between political actors close to Trump and militia groups. But he said it was clear that no mob would have come to Washington or descended on the Capitol were it not for Trump’s direction.
“Donald Trump solicited the mob; he summoned the mob to Washington,” Raskin said, adding, “All of this was targeted on the joint session of Congress.”