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After surprising hearing, what is next for Jan. 6 Committee

Bennie Thompson, Adam Schiff
Posted at 11:09 AM, Jun 29, 2022

The House Jan. 6 Committee appears to be going on recess for real this time. The panel, which was scheduled to go on hiatus after holding its fifth hearing a week ago, opted to call a surprise hearing on Tuesday to listen to testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson.

Hutchinson outlined surprising details, including stating that Trump had first-hand knowledge that attendees of his Stop The Steal rally were armed. She also claimed that Trump was enraged that Secret Service agents would not drive him to the Capitol on Jan. 6 as his supporters stormed the complex to stop the counting of the Electoral College.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, a Democrat serving on the committee, said on CNN’s “New Day” that there will be potentially two more hearings that will shed more light on the attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Once the committee has concluded its hearings, it will release a report of its findings.

“There is two full potential hearings moving forward, talking about the specific timeline that we know the president didn't take action, these 187 minutes,” he said. “We feel that there is more to talk to with domestic extremism as well and the role that individuals played in December leading to Jan. 6th. We think that there are more stories to tell, and we look forward to sharing that with the American public.”

Most of the hearings have had a central theme with a tight cadence. Unlike typical congressional hearings, generally, only Chair Bennie Thompson and one committee member does the questioning.

Tuesday’s hearing, however, focused on Hutchinson’s testimony rather than a broader theme.

The next hearings likely won’t come until after the House returns from recess the week of July 11.