The U.S. panel investigating the Capitol attack will begin public hearings on Thursday evening (local time) on January 6 last year. The American public is eagerly awaiting the trial of witnesses aired in prime time on American television. This is what can be expected from investigations.
Summary of events for January 6, 2021:
- Supporters of then-President Donald Trump staged a protest rally in Washington over Trump’s alleged election fraud.
- Thousands of protesters marched on Capitol after Trump’s appeal. At the time, Congress confirmed that Joe Biden was the new president.
- Protesters soon enter the building. The police are completely shocked.
- Four people were killed during the storm. The dead included a police officer who died of a heart attack and a protester who was shot dead by police. 138 officers were injured.
- After the storm, four agents take their own lives.
The commission wants to show that Capital Storm was coordinated by then-US President Donald Trump and those around him. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a U.S. military base.
The group includes seven Democrats and two Republicans. For the past year they have been researching what happened before Trump’s supporters attacked the House of Representatives and what motivated them to do so.
The researchers conducted thousands of interviews and collected more than 125,000 documents. They spoke with (former) Trump staff and key figures in the Republican Party. Investigations are the culmination of all research.
Liz Cheney and Adam Kingsinger are the only two Republican members of the Commission of Inquiry. The group is made up of Democrat Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
Cheney and Kingsinger have become pariahs within their own party because of their participation. In addition, most Republicans do not recognize the Commission.
Statements by Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump
To convince the public that Trump was behind the storm, the panel will present new information from the investigation. The team is less likely to learn something new from the investigation because it is mainly about providing research findings. Also, individuals cannot be punished by the group. However, the Minister of Justice can be persuaded to initiate a criminal investigation.
During the trial, former White House staffers and Trump family members will be questioned. Trump’s daughter Ivanka, her mother – in – law Jared Kushner, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Attorney General William Barr and many other key figures are set to be screened.
Several key figures in Trump’s entourage, such as former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, have refused to cooperate with the investigation. Banan is therefore being prosecuted for insulting parliament. It is unclear whether Trump will receive any input during the trial.
The listening time was deliberately selected
A policewoman injured by Trump supporters and a filmmaker who filmed some leaders in the Capitol storm attack were the first witnesses on Thursday. The role of the right-wing extremist group Proud Boys in the storm attack is also being discussed.
The first hearing will begin at 8:00 pm local time (Friday morning, 2:00 AM Dutch time). This time was chosen to attract the attention of as many Americans as possible. Traditional major networks such as NBC, ABC and CBS will broadcast the inquiries live, similar to the cable news channel CNN. The inquest will not be broadcast on Conservative Fox News.
Sessions are also scheduled for June 13, 15, 16, 21 and 23. The public hearing will take place five months before the US midterm elections. The final report of the committee will be released in September.
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