The January 6 committee will have its eighth public hearing on July 21, 2022. The upcoming session will be the second prime-time hearing and also might be the last one conducted this summer. While no official announcements have been made by the committee so far, the groundwork has been laid by various lawmakers.
Members of the House Select Committee have previously said that the upcoming session will focus on what former President Trump did — or did not do — when his followers stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The agenda will be Trump’s “187 minutes of inaction”, media reports suggest.
Two former aides are also expected to speak to the committee, filling in gaps in the story that the panel has uncovered so far, according to reports from Associated Press.
Matthew Pottinger, a former deputy national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, a former press aide, are expected to testify, according to the person, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and requested anonymity.
Both Pottinger and Matthews resigned immediately after the January 6 insurrection that interrupted the congressional certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.
Previous hearings have detailed chaos in the White House and aides and outsiders were begging the president to tell the rioters to leave. But he waited more than three hours to do so, and there are still many unanswered questions about what exactly he was doing and saying as the violence unfolded.
Lawmakers on the nine-member panel have said the hearing will offer the most compelling evidence yet of Trump’s “dereliction of duty” that day, with witnesses detailing his failure to stem the angry mob.
“We have filled in the blanks,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a member of the House committee investigating the riot who will help lead Thursday’s session, said Sunday. “This is going to open people’s eyes in a big way.”
“The president didn’t do very much but gleefully watch television during this timeframe,” he added.