Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., arrives at the Select Committee to Investigate the Attack on the 6th January Attack on the United States Capitol fifth hearing Thursday, June 23, 2022 to present unseen material and testimony in the cannon to hear buildings.
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The next House of Representatives public hearing on Jan. 6 will reveal new material about former President Donald Trump’s plans and how much he knew about the riots in the Capitol, one of the panel’s members said Tuesday.
The committee’s ninth public hearing will address the “close ties between people in the Trump world and some of these extremist groups,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said in a CNN interview.
But “that’s not the only thing the hearing will be about,” Lofgren said. “We’re really going to be reviewing some of what we’ve already found, but supplementing it with new material that we’ve discovered through our work this summer.”
That includes focusing on Trump’s intentions, she said, including “what he knew, what he was doing, what others were doing.”
“I do think it will be worth watching,” said Lofgren. “There’s new material that I found quite surprising as we delved into it.”
The hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. It was originally scheduled for late last month, but on the eve of the hearing, committee chairs opted to postpone it, citing the major hurricane that was hitting Florida at the time.
Later that same week, the committee interviewed Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for about 3.5 hours. Thomas, who goes by the name Ginni, had reportedly urged Trump administration officials and others to try to challenge President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.
Thomas was not videotaped during her interview with the committee, Lofgren said in an MSNBC interview over the weekend. It is unclear if Ginni Thomas’ testimony will be included in Thursday’s hearing.
When asked to elaborate on the alleged links between “Trump World” and the extremist groups, Lofgren said, “Let’s just say the mob was led by some extremist groups, they planned in advance what they were going to do, and they People known to people in Trump circles.”
The committee is investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the January 6, 2021 riots, when a violent mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol. The rebellion forced lawmakers to leave their chambers and temporarily prevented them from confirming President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 election.
The committee also faces a year-end deadline to submit a final report of its findings to the President and Congress. That report will include recommended policy changes to make US elections safer going forward, Lofgren told CNN on Tuesday.
Before the hearing was pushed back to Sept. 27, NBC News reported that the panel was scheduled to show clips of Roger Stone, a longtime political operative and Trump confidant, speaking out about contesting the 2020 election results.