The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will bring its work to prime time on Thursday night, in what lawmakers leading the probe say will be the start of hearings revealing new details about the insurrection.
Here are some key questions and answers about the panel’s work and what to expect Thursday and beyond.
When is the prime-time hearing?
At 8 p.m. Thursday, Eastern time, the committee will meet and “provide the American people with a summary of our findings about the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election,” according to a statement from the bipartisan panel.
What can viewers expect?
A committee statement said members will unveil “previously unseen material documenting January 6th, receive witness testimony [and] preview additional hearings.”
The committee has reportedly hired James Goldston, a former president of ABC News, to help with the presentation. Bloomberg News reported that a multimedia portrayal will include previously unpublished photos of former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 taken by White House photographers, and video of closed-door witness testimony.
A second hearing has been scheduled for June 13 at 10 a.m. Eastern.
Where will the hearings be shown?
C-SPAN will carry the Thursday night hearing, and the committee’s YouTube channel is expected to air it. Major networks including CBS and ABC are also planning coverage, as are cable news channels including MSNBC and CNN. Fox News reportedly will shift anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum to the Fox Business channel and cover the Jan. 6 committee proceedings there.
Republicans, meanwhile, are ready to provide what they are calling counterprogramming to the “illegitimate” hearing, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, who leads the House Republican Conference, reportedly told Breitbart News.
What will follow the hearings?
The hearings won’t be the final word from the committee, as the Associated Press has reported. The panel plans to release more reports on its findings, including recommendations on legislative reforms, ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections.