Follow along with the Jan. 6 committee for its eighth public hearingJuly 22, 2022
Tonight the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol will convene its eighth public hearing, where investigators will pore over a gut-wrenching 187 minutes of former President Donald Trump’s dereliction during the Capitol attack.
Tonight’s hearing will start at 8 PM ET and is expected to be the final public hearing. However, Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson has emphasized repeatedly in recent days that should another hearing be warranted, investigators are open to conducting it. For now, the plan for panel members is to continue interviews and collecting evidence as they barrel toward publishing an interim report in September. A final report will follow, though details on that deadline are not yet clear. Thompson has indicated that he is eager to wrap things up before November midterms.
Witnesses expected Thursday night include two former White House officials who submitted their resignations on the day of the attack: Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews. Pottinger is a former U.S. Marine and journalist who later served on Trump’s National Security Council. Matthews served as the White House deputy press secretary.
More on tonight’s witnesses is available in the related story links below. The committee is expected to air additional testimony from former White House lawyer Pat Cipollone. It is anticipated that more will be exposed regarding Trump’s surreal video message that he issued hours after the Capitol was stormed. Outtakes from the video—which reportedly required at least three takes before it was deemed publicly acceptable—are expected to be shown. Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Elaine Luria will lead the hearing tonight and Thompson, who was recently stricken with COVID-19, will appear remotely.
Catch a livestream here on our blog. Additional updates tonight will also be posted here.
Tonight’s hearing is now underway. Vicechair Cheney will preside after Chairman Thompson contracted Covid-19.