WASHINGTON: The congressional panel investigating last year’s attack on the US Capitol announced a break from its blockbuster series of televised hearings on Wednesday (Jun 22) after receiving a glut of new video footage of Donald Trump and his family from a documentary filmmaker.
Chairman Bennie Thompson told reporters Thursday’s hearing on Trump’s alleged attempts to corrupt the Justice Department would be the last until two further hearings “later in July”.
Thompson did not elaborate on the timetable but said further hearings after the two in July were “always a possibility”.
“The timeline of the hearings is driven, and continues to be driven, by the investigation. The select committee continues to receive relevant new evidence that we think is very important to the investigation,” an aide to the panel said.
“It’s important that our members (and) investigators take the time needed to assess that information and figure out how we’re going to use that information as we continue to make our presentation to the American people.”
The new evidence includes documents from the National Archive and multiple new leads given to a tip-line since the televised hearings began earlier in June.
The most prized haul though will be hours of footage from documentary filmmaker Alex Holder, who was granted extensive access to Trump and his inner circle – including for interviews – before and after Jan 6.
Holder began filming on the campaign trail in September 2020, according to Politico, and had substantial access to Trump, Trump’s grown-up children and his vice president Mike Pence for months.
Congress goes on a two-week recess for the Jul 4 holiday starting next week.
When lawmakers return in the second week of July, they are expected to dedicate at least some of the remaining hearings to the radicalisation of extremists who stormed the Capitol, as well as the culture of political violence on the far right.