The House Jan. 6 committee holds its fifth major public hearing
Updated June 13, 2022 at 9:28 AM ET
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is holding a series of public hearings this month on what it has learned so far. The second is Monday morning. The panel announced Monday that former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien will no longer appear as a witness "due to a family emergency" and that the hearing will be delayed 30-45 minutes from its scheduled 10 a.m. start time.
The committee says Stepien's counsel will appear and make a statement.
Monday's hearing will focus on Trump's efforts to perpetuate the lie that widespread fraud had stolen the election from him even though he already knew he had lost. The committee says Trump's disinformation campaign directly led to the Jan. 6 riot.
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"Ultimately, Donald Trump, the president of the United States, spurred a mob of domestic enemies of the Constitution to march down to the Capitol and subvert American democracy," Thompson said at the committee's first public hearing in prime time Thursday night.
Republicans, meanwhile, have blasted the committee's work as illegitimate as Trump called the House committee investigation a "hoax" and continued to push his false narrative about election fraud.
In addition to Stepien's lawyer, the panel will hear from four witnesses. It's the second in what are expected to be seven committee hearings throughout June.
The panel is expected to release its findings in a report in September. It has interviewed more than 1,000 witnesses, publicly subpoenaed about 100 individuals, including members of Congress, and collected evidence like documents, texts and emails over nearly 11 months as part of its investigation into what happened the day of the Capitol insurrection and what led to it.
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