House Jan. 6 panel postpones hearing planned for Wednesday due to Hurricane Ian


House Jan. 6 committee postpones hearing

House January 6 committee postpones hearing as Hurricane Ian threatens Florida


The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol has postponed a hearing scheduled for Wednesday due to Hurricane Ian, which is forecast to hit Florida the identical day as a Category 3 storm.

“In light of Hurricane Ian bearing down on parts of Florida, we have decided to postpone tomorrow’s proceedings. We’re praying for the safety of all those in the storm’s path,” the committee mentioned in a press release. “The Select Committee’s investigation goes forward and we will soon announce a date for the postponed proceedings.”  

The hearing was supposed to be the committee’s ninth and closing hearing, and reveal among the info the committee mentioned they realized this summer season. 

Committee Chair Bennie Thompson mentioned earlier this month that the committee plans to put collectively an interim report in mid-October, and can finalize the report earlier than the tip of the year. 

That would take them previous the November midterm elections. The committee’s two Republicans, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, are each leaving Congress in January. Cheney lost the Republican major in Wyoming to a Trump-backed challenger; Kinzinger determined not to run for reelection. 

Ahead of the postponement announcement, a supply aware of the committee’s plans advised CBS News the hearing was anticipated to characteristic clips from an upcoming documentary on Roger Stone, an ally of former President Trump. The supply mentioned the filmmaker supplied the panel with a complete of 14 clips from the documentary, which was shot over a three-year interval. The documentary, “A Storm Foretold,” is anticipated to be launched later this year.   

In a press release to CBS News, Stone mentioned he challenged the “accuracy and the authenticity of these videos and believe they have been manipulated and selectively edited.” Stone referred to as it “categorically false” that he “knew in advance about, participated in or condoned any illegal activity” on Jan. 6. 

“The excerpts you provided below prove nothing, certainly they do not prove I had anything to do with the events of Jan. 6. That being said, it clearly shows I advocated for lawful congressional and judicial options,” he mentioned. 

A video of former President Donald Trump performed on a display screen throughout a hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January sixth Attack on the U.S. Capitol, on July 21, 2022.

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In a collection of blockbuster public hearings this summer season, the committee mixed never-before-seen footage from Jan. 6, video testimony from among the individuals who had been in Trump’s interior circle, and in-person witness testimony. 

One of the hearings, in late June, was referred to as on the final minute to highlight a witness, Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide, whose beautiful testimony supplied firsthand and second-hand accounts of Trump’s conduct earlier than and throughout the Jan. 6 assault. 

“As an American, I was disgusted. It was unpatriotic,” Hutchinson testified in regards to the occasions of Jan. 6. “It was un-American. We were watching the Capitol building get defaced over a lie. And it was something that was really hard in that moment to digest knowing what I’d been hearing down the hall in the conversations that were happening.” 

The hearings sought to tie Trump himself to the coordination of the assault and make clear alleged plans devised by him and members of his interior circle designed to overturn the 2020 elections outcomes. 

Other witnesses included Trump’s former deputy legal professional common Richard Donoghue, former Justice Department legal professional Steve Engel, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Georgia election employee Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards and documentary filmmaker Nick Quested, who was embedded with the Proud Boys on Jan. 6. 

After the sooner hearings, a letter from the Department of Homeland Security inspector common revealed that the watchdog office had requested for  textual content messages from the U.S. Secret Service between Jan. 5-6, and had came upon that 1000’s had been deleted — in accordance to the company, as a part of a tool substitute program. The Secret Service mentioned it launched a “criminal” probe into the matter.

CBS News confirmed on Tuesday from two sources briefed on the investigation that in compliance with the DHS Inspector General’s request, U.S. Secret Service handed over the cellphones of two dozen brokers concerned within the company’s response to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot on the Capitol.  These are the identical two dozen brokers whose textual content messages had been subpoenaed by the inspector common and the House Jan. 6 committee.

Since the final hearing was held on July 16, the committee mentioned it has had conversations with the Justice Department a couple of scheme allegedly cooked up by Trump’s allies to put ahead alternate electors supporting him in seven battleground states that President Biden gained.

The committee has interviewed greater than 1,000 folks and issued greater than 100 subpoenas since its creation final year. They are also nonetheless talking to witnesses. A lawyer for conservative activist Ginni Thomas, the spouse of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, confirmed Wednesday that she is going to meet with them. 

If Republicans take management of the House after the November election, it’s doubtless the committee shall be disbanded. Thompson advised reporters earlier this month that the committee will “sunset” on the finish of the year.

Jeff Pegues, Nikole Killion and Nicole Sganga contributed to this report.

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