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Final hearings on pro-Trump Capitol riot mob to happen in July


A person breaks a window as a mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol Constructing in Washington, January 6, 2021.

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The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot will schedule its final two public hearings in July, moderately than in June as originally expected, Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said Wednesday.

Thompson suggested that latest evidence prompted the committee to revise its schedule. A select committee aide told CNBC that the panel “continues to receive additional evidence relevant to our investigation” into the Capitol riot, and that it would announce dates and times for the ultimate hearings “soon.”

The committee’s fifth public hearing, which is ready to center on how former President Donald Trump pressured the Department of Justice to help his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss, continues to be scheduled for Thursday afternoon, Thompson confirmed to reporters on the Capitol.

“And the subsequent two hearings shall be later in July,” he said.

In those hearings, the committee goals to indicate how Trump illegally directed a violent mob toward the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, after which didn’t take quick motion to quell the attack once it began. The panel’s vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said earlier this month that those final two hearings would happen in June.

Committee members have made clear that their investigation is ongoing, and that this summer’s spate of public hearings represent only the initial findings from the nearly yearlong investigation into the pro-Trump revolt on the Capitol.

The committee continues to be receiving latest information and suggestions, reportedly including never-before-seen documentary footage from a filmmaker with access to Trump and his family before and after the riot. The investigators also proceed to hunt cooperation from key witnesses, including former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

The panel goals to supply a final report on its findings by the autumn, Thompson has said.

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